By Miriam Raftery
February 27, 2013 (El Cajon)—“I’m very excited about the new challenge in a very important and emotional area of the law,” newly elected Superior Court Judge Robert Amador told East County Magazine. Assigned to the family law court in El Cajon, Judge Amador added, “I hope to be able to lower the tension and animosity between litigants that often occur in these types of cases.”
By Nadin Abbott
October 22, 2012 (San Diego)—At a press conference called by active and retired members of the legal profession, prominent legal experts urged voters to reject Superior Court candidate Jim Miller. The County Bar Association found Miller “lacking qualifications.” Miller had previously been removed for cause as a Judge Pro Tempore and two weeks ago, had his endorsement by the Lincoln Club revoked.
The Honorable Howard Wiener, a retired judge, told media that “this press conference is to highlight the importance of a judicial election and the need to cast an informed vote.”
LINCOLN CLUB WITHDRAWS ENDORSEMENT OF JIM MILLER IN JUDICIAL RACE OVER ETHICS CONCERNS, SHIFTS SUPPORT TO AMADOR
ECM article helped shed light on misreprentation, Lincoln Club’s Stirling reveals
By Miriam Raftery
October 11, 2012 (San Diego) –Jim Miller, candidate for Superior Court Judge, failed to disclose in his candidate questionnaire that he had been removed for cause as a Judge Pro Tempore, the San Diego Lincoln Club announced today. A press release issued by the conservative business group states that Miller “misrepresented the facts” when asked for comments on the allegations in private.
“Such conduct does not meet the high ethical standards that Lincoln Club members believe are required for judicial officers,” the release concludes. Last night, the Club’s Board of Directors voted to withdraw its endorsement of Miller and to endorse his opponent, Deputy District Attorney Robert Amador.
Photos by Miriam Raftery and Nadine Abbott
June 7, 2012 (San Diego) – A judicial candidate who was removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the San Diego Superior Court days before the primary election has finished in first place.
Jim Miller, an El Cajon attorney who also drew a “lacking qualifications” rating from the County Bar Association in his judicial race, will compete in the November run-off election against fellow conservative Robert Amador for office 25 on the Superior Court.
Miller further raised controversy in the legal community after making indiscreet posts on his Facebook page, where he divulged details of cases he was hearing as well as dissing local attorneys,judges, and a law enforcement officer: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9865.
JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT? FACEBOOK POSTS, LAWSUIT RAISE JUDGMENT ISSUES IN CONTENTIOUS SUPERIOR COURT RACE
By Miriam Raftery
May 30, 2012 (San Diego) –Accusations are flying in the contentious race for San Diego Superior Court seat 25. Candidate Jim Miller has been removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the Superior Court—and now he’s crying foul.
Miller claims he’s a victim of dirty politics. He’s accused one of his opponents, Robert Amador, of involvement in his ouster, a claim denied by Amador, who previously sued Miller over ballot statement claims.
Miller maintains he knows of no legitimate reason for the court to remove him from its list of approved Judges Pro Tem.
Posts on Miller’s Facebook page, however reveal some intemperate remarks made about cases he heard while serving as a Judge Pro Tem--as well as barbed criticisms of local attorneys, judges, and parties in cases he handled as a lawyer.
By Miriam Raftery and Sierra Robinson
May 24, 2012 (La Mesa) – They make life or death decisions. Superior Court judges may determine who goes to prison—and for how long. They hear civil lawsuits, juvenile and family court cases. Their decisions can bring victims closure or tear families apart—and their rulings may set long-lasting precedents.
Yesterday, three candidates vying for San Diego Superior Court Seat 25 presented their arguments why each contends he is the best qualified for the bench. The forum was presented by Foothills Bar Association at BJ’s restaurant in La Mesa.