San Diego judicial races

COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION RANKS JUDICIAL CANDIDATES SHAWN MCMILLAN AND STEVE MILLER AS “LACKING QUALIFICATIONS”

By Miriam Raftery

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February 10, 2020 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Bar Association has issued its ratings of candidates in local Superior Court judicial races.  All but two were rated “well qualified” or “exceptionally well qualified.”  But two ranked the lowest possible “lacking qualifications” rating:  Steve Miller and Shawn McMillan.

Lacking Qualifications is defined by the SDCBA asPresently not possessing professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and/or temperament indicating ability to perform the judicial function.”

McMillan, a plaintiff’s civil rights attorney, is running in district 36 against Michelle Ialeggio, a deputy district attorney. 

Miller, a criminal prosecutor, is in a 3-way race against Alana Wong Robinson, a federal prosecutor, and Mark Skeels, senior chief deputy attorney for San Diego, in district 22.

JUIDICAL RACE OUTCOMES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 8, 2018 (San Diego) – Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep, who was censured for 29 counts of judicial misconduct, failed to win reelection outright, earning only 31.5% of the vote – far short needed for a majority.  He will enter a run-off race in November against Deputy District Attorney Matt Brower, also a judge advocate in the military, who earned 21.7% of the vote in the five-man race.

Brower is rated as qualified by the County Bar Association, which rated Kreep as lacking qualifications.

VERDICTS ARE IN ON JUDICIAL RACES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 3, 2014 (San Diego)—Voters have rendered their verdicts in five contested Superior Court Judicial races, with all precincts counted but absentee and provisional ballots remaining. 

Career prosecutor Brad Weinreb leads with over 38% of the vote in one of the most contentious judicial races. At Election Central, Weinreb said he was pleased to into the run-off on top , vying against Hagan—or so he thought. Overnight however, the results flipped  to show Ken Gosselin narrowly edging out Miichele Hagan to vie in November’s run-off race against Weinreb.  Gosselin drew controversy after a court required him to change his ballot statement due to inflated education and experience claims.  Hagan, who has prosecution experience as well as advocating for consumers on legal issues, had been critical of the County Bar rating system.

COUNTY BAR ISSUES RATINGS FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, RANKS 3 AS “LACKING QUALIFICATIONS”

By Miriam Raftery

April 30, 2014 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Bar Association’s Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee (JEEC) has issued ratings for candidates in five contested judicial races.  The ratings rank three candidates – Ken Gosselin, Michele Hagan, and Douglas Crawford, as “lacking qualifications.”

Two of those have been embroiled in controversy.  Gosselin was required by a court to change statements on his ballot regarding his experience and education that a judge found to be misleading.  Crawford is appealing suspension of his law license due to passing along a threat made by a client to initiate an IRS audit of an opposing party in a lawsuit.