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New Superior Court Judges To Take Office

Evening Edition

Assistant Presiding Judge David Danielsen swears in Gary Kreep to the Superiour Court bench.

Aired 1/7/13 on KPBS News.

San Diego's Superior Court swears in three new judges today, including controversial attorney Gary Kreep.

— Gary Kreep and two other new Superior Court judges took office Monday during ceremonies at the county courthouse.

About thirty people gathered to witness Kreep take an oath of office. Assistant Presiding Judge David Danielsen administered the oath, explaining the ceremony marked Kreep's transition from his "former life."

"This is a line of demarcation from the advocate he has been for a number of causes," Danielsen said. "He now serves a new role for one primary and singular client, and that is delivering justice to people of the state of California, and specifically in this community."

As a private-practice attorney, Kreep took up many conservative causes, including petitioning the Supreme Court to review President Barack Obama's eligibility to serve. Kreep told KPBS in June that he had “sincere doubts” that President Obama is a U.S. citizen.

After taking his oath, Kreep thanked those gathered and asked that God guide him "to do what is just and right and fair."

Longtime prosecutors Bob Amador and David Berry were also sworn in Monday. The three judges begin work Tuesday: Amador in family court, Berry in criminal and Kreep in misdemeanors. New judges rotate assignments to gain experience.

Kreep won his seat in the June primary after defeating prosecutor Garland Peed by fewer than 2,000 votes. He was also rated as “lacking qualifications” by the San Diego County Bar Association, and the who’s who of the county legal community reeled from the fact that he made it through.

Kreep’s win upped the stakes for the remaining race -- Amador versus private-practicing attorney Jim Miller Jr. Like the Peed-Kreep race, the candidates were rated at each end of the spectrum by the bar: Amador was rated “well qualified” and Miller as “lacking qualifications.”

Many lawyers and retired judges vowed not to let another unqualified candidate win again. The race -- unusually heated for a judicial seat -- sparked a lawsuit over ballot language and even Facebook and illegal immigration played a role.

In the end, Amador defeated Miller by more than 16,000 votes.

Prosecutor Berry, who won a judgeship in the June primary against court commissioner Terrie Roberts, will also take the oath of office today at the courthouse.

Joining the three elected judges is Judge Paula Rosenstein, who Gov. Jerry Brown appointed to fill a vacancy in November.

Evening Edition

Gary Kreep,who appears to have won the race for a San Diego County Superior Court Judge seat, talks to KPBS.

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RegularChristian | January 7, 2013 at 7:23 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

This is a worrisome situation: an extremist in a high position of power. How can the mainstream media, like the Union-Tribune and the other regional newspapers, let an extremist like Gary Kreep pass as simply an opinionated person? He's so far to the right on the political spectrum that he's beyond the curvature of the earth! I wonder what kind of people he hangs out with way over there? Yes, everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but not to their facts. WE all interpret facts, but some people misinterpret them. Kudos to KPBS for calling a duck a duck.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 7, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Some kudos to KPBS, but huge kudos need to go to Citybeat who has been very thorough in their coverage of Kreep's inappropriate actions in his background as well as allegations he engaged in spousal abuse:

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 7, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

RegularChristian, you ask how the UT can give an extremist like Kreep a free pass.

The answer is that the UT itself is run by extremists.

It's a situation of extremists protecting their own.

I wouldn't be surprised if the extremists who own and operate the UT donated to Kreep's campaign!

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RegularChristian | January 7, 2013 at 2:07 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Peking, Wow. The UT as extreme as Kreep?

I know the UT has a good number of free market fundamentalists in their senior positions and some of these might also be Christian fundamentalists. But are you saying that the owners or some of the senior editors are also Birthers like Kreep?!

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jjking20000101 | January 7, 2013 at 2:57 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

I actually voted for Gary Kreep for the wrong reason. And I am sure a lot of people did the same and that was why he won in the election. I wish I had more information about him before the election. The election materials don't tell the voters enough about the candidate. I can easily say I am a family law attorney and I fight for justice for abused women and neglected children the in my statement without more and I guarantee that I will get the support of a lot of voters.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 7, 2013 at 5:27 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

RegularChristian, yes after that "Obama in 2016" editorial the UT published which even many conservatives admit was an inappropriate, sophomoric, fear-mongering, tea party loon on steroids joke, I DO indeed consider the UT leadership to be as extremist as Judge Kreep.

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RegularChristian | January 8, 2013 at 8:32 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Peking Duck,

Thanks for the referral to the "Obama in 2016" editorial. Having read it I have to agree that the UT is an extremist organization: free market fundamentalist and probably religious fundamentalist, too. Not as extreme as Mr. Kreep, perhaps. They didn't publicly question the President's birth certificate. But they do swim in the same polluted waters as Mr. Kreep. Thanks for pointing them out.

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JeanMarc | January 8, 2013 at 9:42 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

There are many strange and unanswered inconsistencies with the presidents birth certificate. What is wrong with asking questions? It seems like the more questions people ask, the more restricted access to answers becomes.

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Missionaccomplished | January 8, 2013 at 11:32 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

JJKing, you're an attorney and you didn't have enough info on Judge Kreee?

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Missionaccomplished | January 8, 2013 at 11:34 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

MR. GRONKOWSKI, the Birther agenda is NOT a "conservative cause." It is an agenda of the Far Right and the white supremacists. No other president has been quesitoned on this particular issue.

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