San Diego 2014 Judicial Election Resource and Summary Reviews
CCFC, Weightier Matter, and Partner Carpe Dicta Announce June 2014 Judicial Election Voter Resources
Post-Holiday Back to the Business–of Jurisprudence
If you’ve followed our articles, CCFC’s blog posts, polls, communities, and the RICO lawsuit against San Diego Family Court judges, you know that our community feels strongly that many San Diego Family Court judges are far from a blessing; sometimes a downright curse. We’ve heard it from parents across the nation who are fed up with the creeping creeps in robes who feel empowered to run your life at their whim. Our research has helped us identify the bad apples from the truly rotten ones, and we’re going to share our research, data, and analysis with you.
If the people become inattentive to the public’s affairs, then the public’s affairs become attended by wolves.
~ Thomas Jefferson
Many ask us–“how has it gotten this bad, and how can we change it?” Good questions–complicated answers, but here’s an easy one: Vote. We know, it’s as popular as “eat your vegetables” for many of us, but we have a quick way to get all the nutrition without the taste of spinach. It’s a new resource we’re rolling out for debut in 2014 called Carpe Dicta. Carpe Dicta is a simple, quick way to evaluate a judge’s character and temperament—from basic biography, including judicial office, relevant legal background, and contact information, discipline history, key past decisions, treatment by appellate courts (reversals of decisions), party, to more subtle measures such as philosophy, neighborhood, religious, or other group affiliations, and other data points that aren’t easy to find, but are important to understand. Our analysis will generate a single “profile” with as many data points available–including your input–so that you can make up your own mind rather than relying on someone else’s judgment, which may be influenced by interests inconsistent with yours.
Already Looking Ahead to Next Christmas
The first day to file paperwork to declare candidacy for June 3, 2014 Primaries and the November General Election begins later this month. Candidates for the gubernatorial race, school boards, supervisors, and a raft of other offices open for candidates filing initiating paperwork with the county Registrar of Voters. Here’s the published schedule:
|Petition in Lieu of Filing FeeAllowed for any office required to pay a filing fee||
December 27, 2013 (*First Day)
|Declaration of IntentionRequired for Superior Court judicial candidates only||
January 27 to February 5, 2014
|Declaration of Candidacy/Nomination Papers
Required for all offices
February 10 to March 7, 2014
|Write-in Filing Period||
April 7 to May 20, 2014
|Voter Registration Deadline
You must be registered to vote no later than these dates in order to vote in each election. (The deadline to register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election. If you submit an application after this time, your application will still be processed for future elections)Click here to register (http://registertovote.ca.gov/)
Gubenatorial Primary: May 18, 2014, 11:59:59 p.m.
General Election: October 19, 2014 11:59:59 p.m.
|Election Date for Judges
June 3, 2014
|General Election Date||
November 4, 2014
Not thinking that far ahead? Visions of sugarplums sill dancing? We thought so. We won’t ruin your Christmas spirit, but as parents and children, this year we’re getting off to an early start on reforming more than our holiday spending habits. The best gift we can give our families, communities, and ourselves? –healthier, more responsible courts, judges, lawyers, and behavioral science workers. Here’s a taste a gift that’s long belated: Weightier Matter and Carpe Dicta are teaming up after the New Year’s celebratory mood wears off to give San Diego voters the most comprehensive judicial voting tools in America: Carpe Dicta’s “Capture the Vote.”
SITE-WIDE NEWS BY JUDGE
Challenger to Lisa Schall
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carla Keehn
Challenger to Jacqueline Stern
Family Law Attorney and Mediator Joseph Adelizzi
San Diego CityBeat has endorsed Carla Keehn and Joeph Adelizzi in their run against sitting judges. Congratulations challengers! CityBeat also endorsed sitting Judges Ronald Prager, and Michael Popkins, and Mr. Brad Weinreb for the open seat.
May, 2014 KFMB Radio Interviews
KFMB’s Mike Slater’s Series of Interviews of judicial and other candidates
Challenger Joseph Adelizz (Entire Show)
Click Player Below for Adelizzi Interview Only
Race Summary: Embattled veteran incumbent Judge Lisa Schall faces a highly-skilled challenger in Assistant United States Attorney Carla Keehn. The race has generated considerable controversy and accusations of election misconduct on several occasions.
Summary Review: We have serious concerns, and we’re not alone. Three prior admonitions by the Commission on Judicial Performance and at the center of an ongoing racketeering lawsuit and another CJP investigation. Her history of erratic behavior is unabated. This is a judge with a wonderful future as a lawyer in private practice.
Weightier Matter Coverage:
Challenger: Assistant United States Attorney Carla Keehn.
Summary Review: Ms. Keehn exhibits extremely high intelligence, personal discipline, a proven track record of leadership in personal and professional endeavors, a history of dedication to her community and family, and a creativity and open-mindedness uncommon within her professional community. Keehn represents an extraordinarily talented challenger, is endorsed by her political affiliates, brings highly relevant experience in every aspect required of the office, and should pose a serious threat to embattled incumbent Judge Lisa Schall on June 3.
Race Summary: Stern vs. Adelizzi represents a real choice for the seat–an incumbent with extensive background as a judge and in representing governments in civil litigation in Stern, and a private practice civil and family law litigator who promotes his cost efficiency and a litigant-oriented practice on the bench.
Summary Review: Judge Jacqualine Stern, has earned the ire of family court critics, consumers, and civil litigants. According to Judgepedia, she has been a judge since 1998, presided over family court docket for four years, and now presides over an independent civil litigation docket. She generated controversy in August of last year by overturning a $1.5 million jury verdict in favor of a plaintiff claiming sexual harassment by an Oceanside police officer. Judge Stern determined that the plaintiff was “not credible” and granted Oceanside’s motion for a do-over. Judges rarely overturn jury verdicts for any reason–particularly witness credibility. Stern’s background reported from Smartvoter and her campaign website is a civil litigator defending municipal entities, including law enforcement and the County of San Diego.
Challenger: Joseph Adelizzi
Summary Review: Adelizzi accomplished the unusual feat of achieving a “qualified” rating from the San Diego County Bar Association and endorsements from CityBeat. For a private attorney facing a long-term incumbent, this is a signal from the legal community that Stern’s performance has been less than optimal. Virtually every incumbent judge receives the “well qualified” rating and endorsements from every major media outlets. Challenger Adelizzi’s showing is exceptional.
Adelizzi is a litigator with broad experience, and highly regarded by his peers. Adelizzi’s resume shows a wide range of civil litigation–real estate, environmental, tax, and personal injury defense His innovative Family Law mediation practice offers family court consumers a genuine and humane alternative to the much-maligned family court system his opponent has operated in for decades. Adelizzi’s civil litigation skills offer a genuine choice from those with business as usual government backgrounds, yet his courtroom talents are honed through many trials. Adelizzi has experience as a criminal defense lawyer in misdemeanor cases, including property damage and minor personal injuries. His family law practice focuses on mediation as a less “taxing” alternative to divorce court. He touts his experience as a civil litigator and tax attorney for 30 years the help his clients (and potentially litigants appearing before him as a judge) focus on reducing litigation costs through early assessment and negotiation. His judgepedia site, and his firm website Adelizzi explain his philosophy:
Divorce actions often degenerate into an all-out war. It does no good for one spouse to offer to divide property equally and provide ample support if the other spouse’s objective is to destroy. In a mediated Divorce it is essential that both parties share all pertinent information so that all issues relative to the divorce can be negotiated in good faith. Otherwise, in litigation, whatever money or property you have accumulated during your marriage will probably be consumed entirely by your lawyers because of the high cost of the litigation process.
Coming up: Expanded profiles, user input, searchable databases, and editorials and testimony relating to each judge. Stay tuned as Weightier Matter and Carpe Dicta continue to develop judicial profiles and election coverage you won’t find anywhere else.
Every government degenerates when entrusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
~ Thomas Jefferson