In the coming June 3, 2014 San Diego County judicial elections
voters seeking to do their own thinking have choices—but often little information. Judges by nature operate in closeted forums—a courtroom is public, but unlike politicians, the public and media have limited time or inclination to follow and record a judge’s every move.
But judges create many records—in court almost every word they utter is transcribed. Their opinions are written in orders. Their reasoning is carefully reviewed by other judges on appeal. Access to those records, however, is limited, and few other than those immediately interested in a given matter have sufficient desire to access such records.
If it were possible to gather in one place all of a candidate judge’s public statements, transcripts, orders, opinions, records, financials, campaign literature, publications, and personal data in one place, available to all voters, wouldn’t that be a great way to evaluate a judge running for office?
We think so. And we’ve taken a step in that direction as part of our build-out of Carpe Dicta’s judicial candidate database. We’re focusing our efforts on a few judges who may appear on the June, 2014 judicial election ballot, and today make available the published appellate and trial level opinions involving Judge Lisa Schall, Judge Desiree Bruce-Lyle, Judge Carolyn Caietti, Judge Laura Parsky, Judge Pamela Parker, Judge Patricia Guerrero, Judge Earl Maas, Judge Michael Popkins, Judge Howard Shore, and Judge Paula Rosentein.
These are but a fraction of the many published works and utterances these judges have created, but they provide one more important data set showing how the judges performed when evaluated on appeal, whether the judge has made errors, which way the judge has “shaded’ an issue rightly or wrongly, and may give insight into the judge’s political leanings, attitude on criminal procedure, business activity, unions, and constitutional rights. Make up your own mind without interpretation from an “authoritative’ source which may not have your perspectives or interests in mind.
We therefore offer Carpe Dicta’s library of published cases, professional articles, and legal notes of several potential 2014 judicial candidates:
Judge Pamela Parker
Stay tuned! As the election season matures Carpe Dicta will be offering more analysis, news, and features for each candidate.