SF public defenders’ challenge to Republican-appointed judges fails

An unprecedented election challenge by San Francisco public defenders to four Superior Court judges, all appointed by Republican governors, fell short Tuesday.

With 602 of 604 precincts counted, the incumbents held insurmountable leads. Jeffrey Ross had 61 percent of the vote, Cynthia Ming-mei Lee had 63 percent, Andrew Cheng had 65 percent, and Curtis Karnow had 55 percent.

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San Francisco Judges Deserve Re-election

Four San Francisco Superior Court judges are being challenged in the June primary. In stunning fashion in February, four deputy public defenders announced that they would each run against an incumbent judge because they were appointed to the bench by Republican governors and do not reflect San Francisco's diversity. The challengers have not made a convincing case for change or their candidacy, and their claims do not stand up to scrutiny.

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The Examiner Endorses Judges Cheng, Karnow, Lee, and Ross

Four San Francisco deputy public defenders are running against four sitting Superior Court judges. Maria Evangelista, Kwixuan Maloof, Niki Solis and Phoenix Streets portray the sitting judges as conservatives appointed by Republican governors, and are running on a platform of greater diversity on the bench and judicial reforms, such as decreased use of money bail.

These are laudable aims, but there appears to be little substance to the attacks on the incumbents, all of whom boast impressive résumés.

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Elections threaten San Francisco judiciary

Judicial elections often go unnoticed compared to other elections. But this year in San Francisco, a group of deputy public defenders are running against sitting judges under the misleading slogan “Democrats for Judges.” The process of running against sitting judges defies judicial ethics in the first place, and the slogan further blurs the line between fake news and campaign rhetoric. The incumbent judges are, in fact, Democrats but happened to be appointed by Republican governors, a point the challenging attorneys seem to take issue with.

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Judicial Council of the California Association of Black Lawyers Endorse Judges Cheng, Karnow, Lee, and Ross

The Judicial Council of the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), an autonomous section of CABL that is comprised of judicial officers holding office throughout California, hereby endorses the candidacy of Judge Andrew Cheng, Judge Curtis Karnow, Judge Cynthia Ming-mei Lee, and Judge Jeffrey Ross, who are being challenged in the June 2018 primary election in San Francisco.

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AABA Honors San Francisco Superior Court Judge Cynthia Lee and Judge Andrew Cheng at 42nd Annual Gala

San Francisco – The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) will honor San Francisco Superior Court Judge Cynthia Lee and Judge Andrew Cheng at the 42nd Annual Gala: “Better Together, Stronger United” on March 22. Each will be awarded the AABA Outstanding Jurist Awards for their exemplary law and judiciary careers.

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Reject this assault on an independent judiciary

Four San Francisco public defenders decided over drinks to challenge four Superior Court judges in the June 5 election. Their themes are synced: the criminal justice system is broken, the judiciary does not reflect the diversity of the population it serves, the incumbent was appointed by a Republican governor, and a public defender’s perspective is needed on the bench.

In other words, each is trying to make this a political contest.

There are better ways — and better reasons — to become a judge.

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The Politicization of the San Francisco Superior Court

At the June election, four public defenders hope to unseat four judges of the San Francisco Superior Court, Andrew Cheng, Curtis Karnow, Cynthia Ming-mei Lee, and Jeffrey Ross. According to one of the challengers, “this was really a group decision.”

More is at stake in this election than initially meets the eye; and it imposes special responsibilities on the legal community.

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SF judges should be retained

We are all LGBT current or retired judges in our great city of San Francisco. We include the first openly lesbian judge in the nation; the first openly gay and lesbian appellate judges in California history; the founder of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; founders and former executive directors of Equal Rights Advocates and the East Bay Children's Law Offices; a former chief attorney in the San Francisco public defender's office, as well as several other former public defenders; a former California labor commissioner; a former chief deputy attorney general; and a former chief deputy city attorney and the lead counsel who successfully argued the historic gay marriage case that changed lives in our community forever.

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Bay Area Dems defend judges facing challengers in next election

Four Bay Area elected officials, all Democrats, are speaking out against a campaign by San Francisco public defenders to unseat Republican-appointed judges in this year’s elections.

“I was surprised at this unprecedented move,” Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, said Tuesday about last week's announcement of the campaign by four deputy public defenders. Expressing concern about the “politicization of the bench,” Chiu said the four Superior Court judges — Curtis Karnow, Cynthia Ming-mei Lee, Andrew Cheng and Jeffrey Ross — are models of “integrity, competence and compassion.”

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