Election 2018: The Mysterious Judiciary

By George Miller
I thought I knew about our election candidates, at least until my ballot just came in the mail with all of these totally unknown (to me) judicial candidates:
 
Carol Corrigan- Associate  Justice Supreme Court
Leondra Kruger- Associate  Justice Supreme Court
Victoria Chaney- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist., Div 1
Helen Bendix- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist., Div 1
Elwood Lui- Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, 2 Appel. Dist, Div 2
Victoria Chevez- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2 Apel. Dist, Div 2
Luis Laven- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2 Apel. Dist,Div 3
Halim Dhanidina- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2 Apel. Dist,Div 3
Anne Eggerton- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2 Apel. Dist,Div 3
Nora Manella- Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 4
Thomas Willhite- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 4
Dorothy Kim- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 5
Carl Moor- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 5
Lamar Baker- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 5
Arthur Gilbert- Presiding Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 6
Martin Tangeman- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 6
Gail Feuer- Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 7
John Segal-Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Apel. Dist, Div 7
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Now, these people may make the finest judges in the universe- or not, but most of us have absolutely no way of knowing. Years ago, I asked a retired judge friend about this and he said that most never have any opponents and never lose. There is an impeachment process which almost never occurs. People with strange-sounding-names tend to get fewer votes and women tend to get more votes, he added.
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There is NO public vetting process, no debates, no candidate info beyond ballot language, no party nominations, few public endorsements, no primaries. Few even campaign and I’m sure you can see why. None of these people on my ballot even have opponents- you just vote yes, no, or leave it blank. Yet these people can literally have life and death power over us. This is a de facto appointment system by hidden elites. Just sayin’.
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We’ll be paying more attention in the future. Who are you voting for and why?

2018 Voter Guides

2018 Voter Guides  By George Miller & Debra Tash Regular readers may remember that Citizens Journal publishes candidate/proposition endorsements/recommendations from as many different sources as we can find for Ventura County voters. Here’s the collection for the 2018 general election. We’ll update it as we get more!  Tell us what we missed and where to find it! […]

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George Miller is Publisher and Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard. 


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4 Responses to Election 2018: The Mysterious Judiciary

  1. Shirley Lang October 12, 2018 at 8:11 am

    So how DO we find out about these candidates? I have looked up judicial nominees in the past (sorry to say I’m not consistent there), but it is difficult to find information. Any suggestions? Not much time left!

    Reply
  2. Sheryl Hamlin October 11, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    No on all CA Supremes for the misguided decision against San Diego….

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    • William Hicks October 11, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Too much at play with these people. It’s too important to just vote no on.

      After Kavanaugh-gate, we must do some homework.

      Reply

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