Judge Gary Kreep



By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Judge Gary Kreep and challengers Matt Brower, Tim Nader, Steve Miller and Victor Manel Torres

May 26, 2018 (San Diego) – Four candidates are running against San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep, who committed 29 acts of judicial misconduct. He was censured by the State Commission on Judicial Performance, which found that Judge Kreep showed a lack of judicial temperament and ran his courtroom in a manner suggesting bias, including making derogatory comments about women attorneys, minorities, and people with cases before him. He came within one vote of being removed as a judge. Kreep obtained his law degree at the University of San Diego and worked as chief executive officer and general counsel of the nonprofit United States Justice Foundation before being elected in2012.

The four challengers are Deputy District Attorney Matt Brower, Deputy Attorney General Tim Nader, who has also served as Mayor of Chula Vista and past president of Southwest Community College, former federal prosecutor Steve Miller, and civil rights lawyer Victor Manuel Torres.

Two of these candidates reached out to conduct interviews on our radio show on KNSJ. You can listen to our interviews here:

Matt Brower: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/hear-our-interview-matt-brower-candida...

Tim Nader:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/hear-our-interview-judicial-candidate-...


Listen to the audio link to hear the full interview, and scroll down for highlights.

"Certainly, I would make sure that I would conduct myself in a way that litigants would know that whatever their background, they are going to be listened to, they are going to get a fair shake, and decisions are going to be made based on the evidence in the case and not based on other factors or biases. I think those are the most important prerequisites for being a good judge." -- Tim Nader

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) –  In an interview originally aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ radio,  San Diego Superior Court Judge candidate Tim Nader discusses his experience and judicial values and views of our criminal justice system. 

Nader has criminal , civil and family law experience. He  worked for the state Attorney General  for many years.  He later served as Mayor and City Councilmember in Chula Vista, as a nonprofit executive director, as a community college board trustee, and  as a child support attorney for the County before returning to the Attorney General’s office.

His opponent, Judge Gary Kreep, was censured by the State Commission on Judicial Performance , which found Kreep engaged in 29 acts of judicial misconduct. demonstrating lack of judicial temperament and ran his courtroom in a manner that suggested bias. Kreep made derogatory comments about women attorneys, minorities and people with cases him, among numerous other controversies.


Interview with Tim Nader, San Diego Superior Court judicial candidate



By Miriam Raftery

October 16,2016 (San Diego)—The state Commission on Judicial Performance has filed 11 counts of judicial misconduct against San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary G. Kreep,  following a preliminary investigation.   View the charges and notice of formal proceedings here.

 Judge Kreep has 20 days from the date of service (October 7, 2016) to file a written response to the charges,  which include conduct while serving as a judge as well as ethical violations during his campaign.  California’s constitution provides remedies that could include removal from the bench, censure, public or private admonishment.