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Christian Conservative Effort to Unseat Judges Unlikely to be Last

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Aired 6/15/10

Legal watchers say the failed attempt by Christian conservatives to unseat four incumbent judges in San Diego is unlikely to be the last effort to influence the make-up of local courts, according to legal watchers.

Legal watchers say the failed attempt by Christian conservatives to unseat four incumbent judges in San Diego is unlikely to be the last effort to influence the make-up of local courts, according to legal watchers.

All four judicial candidates endorsed by the Christian conservative movement Better Courts Now lost by 20 to 30 percentage points. The group wants judges who oppose same sex marriage and abortion.

But Adam Skaggs of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's law school said Better Courts Now supporters leave the impression their goal is part of a long-term strategy.

"These groups are committed and are not going to go away quietly," Skaggs said. "If they continue to be unsuccessful and struggle to make progress in actually getting their favorite candidates elected, it may be that the movement runs out of gas."

Skaggs says socially conservative groups are trying to gain control of the bench in other parts of the country. But the movement is not as common as attempts by business interests to influence the outcome of judicial elections.

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Alexfredrick | June 18, 2010 at 10:34 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Actually the courts are already considered corrupt by some of our own government agencies, but the most alarming problem is that the California Constitution is being undermined with some 80% of judges being appointed as appose to being properly elected by the people. Why is KPBS or any other news media not worried about that?? OR why do we know nothing about the sitting judges that the candidates ran against?? YET we slam the first candidates who run against them for being Christian. The media didn't discuss the faith or lack of faith, on the sitting judges, but does for the candidates, that sounds BIAS. WOW, I guess you have to be an atheist or go under ground with your faith in order to get appointed as a judge now days. Well maybe that would explain why the courts are in such bad shape then??

Also the Julie Watson AP article that the media keeps repeating was a HIT piece she was PAID to do. Julie Watson never even interviewed the candidates and the candidates never said they were on a mission for God. This LIE is just what the judicial system wanted you to think. Let me congratulate, all the large San Diego news outlets for never informing the public on the lack of judicial transparency that exists and for never interviewing the four Candidates who tried to reveal this problem. The good guys were labeled as bad, the judicial system is still hijacked and the and the news media is part of the plaque = THIS IS HOW A NATION IS DESTROYED!!

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Rx4GoodHealth | June 18, 2010 at 11:02 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

You should try spell check before your submissions, Alex.
We slam 'christians' because they want to force their idiotic beliefs in a stupid book in which exactly NOTHING can be proven. End of story.

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