Be­ware of Ac­tivist judges

The Signal - - FRONT PAGE - Roger GITLIN

The least-known and mostig­nored part of your midterm elec­tion bal­lot is the sec­tion on judges. If you stop and pon­der the im­por­tance of these elected judge­ships, you might agree with me when I say this part of your bal­lot is ab­so­lutely vi­tal.

Propo­si­tion 8, which de­fined mar­riage be­tween a man and woman only and was passed by Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers, was sum­mar­ily over­turned by an ac­tivist judge in San Fran­cisco. I am fed up with some of these judges grossly usurp­ing their ju­di­cial pow­ers and over­turn­ing the will of the vot­ers.

The good news is these ide­o­logues can be voted out of their judge­ships.

Would it sur­prise you to know that some judges, just like some politi­cians, are lazy, in­com­pe­tent and cor­rupt? Many are just plain soft on crime. And re­gret­tably, many who wear ju­di­cial robes are noth­ing more than po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunists who crave power and at­ten­tion and act as po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists.

I uti­lized a num­ber of web­sites to as­cer­tain in­for­ma­tion on the judges. The one I found most help­ful was www. judgevoter­, which rated judges from ac­tivist to strict con­struc­tion­ist. Judges are ranked on ju­di­cial po­si­tions, con­tri­bu­tions, rul­ings and state­ments made in pub­lic. Judges are also eval­u­ated by ex­pe­ri­ence, rep­u­ta­tion and in­tegrity

On your bal­lot, you will note three cat­e­gories of judges for you to con­firm, re­ject or make a choice be­tween the can­di­dates.

Cal­i­for­nia Supreme Court

Af­ter Cal­i­for­nia Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Ron­ald Ge­orge suc­cumbed to po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and voted to re­ject the will of the vot­ers and rule for same-sex mar­riage, he promptly re­signed from of­fice. There are three jus­tices seek­ing your con­fir­ma­tion: As­so­ci­ate Jus­tice Car­los R. Moreno; As­so­ci­ate Jus­tice Ming W. Chin; and newly ap­pointed Chief Jus­tice Tani G. Can­til-Sakauye. I urge you to re­ject all three. The Gray Davis-ap­pointed Moreno is the most ac­tivist, rad­i­cal lib­eral of the three seek­ing your con­fir­ma­tion vote. Moreno was on Pres­i­dent Obama’s Supreme Court short list, which even­tu­ally went to So­nia So­tomayor. Moreno is also sup­ported by Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein. Moreno voted for same-sex mar­riage and struck down Propo­si­tion 8.

Chin is less rad­i­cal but con­tin­u­ally votes against busi­ness in­ter­ests in Cal­i­for­nia. Chin also is an ar­dent sup­porter of abor­tion.

Can­til-Sakauye was ap­pointed by con­sen­sus by Gover­nor Sch­warzeneg­ger, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brown, and for­mer Chief Jus­tice Ron­ald Ge­orge. He be­lieves in same-sex mar­riage and was quoted re­cently stat­ing, “There is no one truth, only ver­sions of it.” That quote is the state­ment of an ac­tivist judge.

Please join me in vot­ing no on all three Supreme Court jus­tices.

Court of Ap­peal

This is an­other lit­tle-known crit­i­cal ju­di­cial arena that un­does what the pub­lic votes for and is loaded with ac­tivists. Robert Mal­lano: Vote no Vic­to­ria Chaney: Vote yes Jef­frey John­son: Vote no Ju­dith Ash­mann: Very lib­eral/ac­tivist; vote no Wal­ter Croskey: Vote no Steven Suzukawa: A strict con­struc­tion­ist; vote yes

Orville “Jack” Arm­strong: A strict con­struc­tion­ist; vote yes

Steven Z. Per­ren: Too lib­eral; vote no. Lau­rie D. Zelon: Vote no. Frank Y. Jack­son: An­other ex­cel­lent con­struc­tion­ist judge; vote yes. Tricia A. Bigelow: Vote yes. El­iz­a­beth An­nette Grimes: Vote yes.

Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court

Of­fice No. 28: Vote for Su­pe­rior Court Ref­eree Randy Ham­mock.

Of­fice No. 117: Vote for Alan Schneider.

I want to give a spe­cial thanks to fel­low con­ser­va­tive Craig Huey of www. judgevoter­ and www.elec­tion­fo­ I en­cour­age you to log on to these sites for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about each of the ju­di­cial can­di­dates.

You will find it very en­light­en­ing.

Now it’s your turn to speak — by cast­ing your votes.

Roger Gitlin is a teacher and founder of the Santa Clarita Val­ley in­de­pen­dent Min­ute­men and can be reached at rag­ His col­umn re­flects his own views and not nec­es­sar­ily those of The Sig­nal.

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