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Seven lawyers vying for the status of three judges in the San Diego Superior Court

In next month’s primary, six lawyers are vying for two judicial seats in San Diego County, while current members of the High Court are vying for a third seat.

Deputy Judge, Deputy Public Attorney, and Assistant U.S. Prosecutor’s Office run for Judge Office No. 35 of the San Diego County Superior Court to replace Judge Ota Jinsk, who was confirmed as a U.S. Regional Judge in December. ing.

Deputy District Attorney, Chief Justice of Japan, and a person in charge of personal practice proceedings are running for Office 36 to replace the retired Judge Joseph Branigan.

Judges in California state courts are elected by county-wide voting, serve a six-year term, and there is no limit to the number of times they can seek re-election. If the judge is running for reelection without opposition, the judge’s name will not appear on the ballot.

If a candidate wins more than 50% of the votes in the June 7 primary, the candidate will win completely and will not run again in the November general election. Judges’ contests are thus unique — in all other races, the top two voters move to the general election.

Below is an overview of each race. Candidates are listed alphabetically by name.

Office No. 32

Penny McLaughlinCommissioner of the San Diego Superior Court, is the only candidate to replace the retired Judge Tamiraipema, and the only candidate given the highest rating by the local bar association as “very competent.” This means that the organization believes she “has outstanding professional ability, experience, ability, integrity, and / or temperament to perform judicial functions.”

McLaughlin is one of the county’s 19 commissioners, a lawyer elected by court judges, in certain family and juvenile court cases, and in criminal, traffic, small claims, and illegal detainee cases. You are empowered to hear and decide about. She has been a commissioner since 2004.

McLaughlin did not respond to requests for comment from the campaign’s website, but according to information from the site, she is a graduate of Boston University School of Law. After her graduation, she worked for the San Diego County Public Defender Office for 13 years, then for four years as Assistant United States Attorney, before she served as Commissioner.

Office No. 35

Michael J. Flemming is running for Office 35 Senior Court Judge.

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Michael flemingVista’s 39-year-old is a deputy public lawyer in San Diego County.

Fleming said his three top priorities were to protect public security, judicial reform and access to justice if elected. “We need to move from a’crime-resistant’stance to a’crime-stricken’stance,” Fleming told Union Tribune in an email, adding that “crime-stricken isn’t working.” ..

Fleming advocates the use of joint or diversion courts to “supervise and rehabilitate” nonviolent offenders to reduce recidivism. He also supports encouraging San Diego County to continue to use the look of virtual courts. “This helps to give more litigants access to the judiciary by reducing our huge court delinquency and eliminating travel expenses and missing jobs.”

The county bar association rated Fleming as “sufficiently qualified” and gave it the second highest rating.

Law School: Thomas Jefferson, 2008
Legal: 2008 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer’s Office Legal Fellow. Private Labor and Employment Attorney for US Marine Corps Commander Adviser in the Western Region from 2009 to 2013. Deputy Public Attorney for San Diego County, from 2014 to the present.

Rebecca Canter

Rebecca Canter

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Rebecca CanterPacific Beach, 44, is an aide to the US Federal Prosecutor’s Office.

“The legal system affects the real people in our community, including criminal accusations, victims, divorced families, and people in mental health crisis,” Canter wrote in an email to Union Tribune. I am. “As a longtime federal prosecutor and active community volunteer, I have a commitment not only to community security and justice, but also to improve society by shaping a fairer, more equitable and sustainable future. I showed you. ”

The county bar association rated Canter as “qualified,” the second highest rating.

Law School: UCLA, 2003
Legal: From 2003 to 2004, Legal Officer in the US District Court for the Central District of California. He was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLC from 2004 to 2006. He is a Deputy Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of San Diego, 2016-2021. US Federal Prosecutor’s Assistant from 2006 to the present.

Mike Murphy is running for Office 35 Senior Court Judge.

Mike Murphy is running for Office 35 Senior Court Judge.

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Mike MurphyBonita, 52, is the Deputy Attorney General.

“As the only candidate to serve as a public prosecutor in our higher court, have filed proceedings at all levels of the California court system for over 25 years, and gained the support of law enforcement agencies, I have tried the higher court. Murphy wrote to Union Tribune by email, “If I win, I will continue my commitment to public security, protection of constitutional rights, and ensuring equal justice for all. . “

The county bar association rated Murphy as “qualified,” the third highest rating.

Graduate School of Law: University of San Diego, 1995
Legal: Attorney from 1995 to 1996. Deputy Attorney General for California, 1996-present.

Office No. 36

Chris Lawson is running for Office 36 Senior Court Judge.

Chris Lawson is running for Office 36 Senior Court Judge.

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Chris Lawson, 42-year-old Del Cerro, is acting district attorney. After graduating from law school, he volunteered for the California Innocence Project and helped release a falsely convicted man who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison. As a county prosecutor, he said he had received 70 jury trials to verdict and lead gang prosecutors in San Diego and East County. As a part-time professor at his alma mater, he teaches two exam-focused courses.

“As a deputy district attorney who previously volunteered for the California Innocence Project, I understand how complex our criminal justice system is,” Lawson wrote to Union Tribune by email. “If I am elected judge, my promise in public is to seek truth, justice, and justice in all cases I hear.”

The county bar association rated Lawson as “qualified,” the third highest rating.

Law School: California Western, 2005.
Legal: Volunteer for the California Innocence Project, 2005-2006. Deputy district attorney from 2006 to the present.

Peter Murray, San Diego Superior Court Justice Candidate 2020, Office # 30.

Peter Murray, San Diego Superior Court Justice Candidate 2020, Office # 30.

Peter Murray, of Poway is the Chief Attorney for Cage & Miles, LLP. Murray has held various positions in private and public practice, including over a decade at both the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office. Murray is also a former Navy aviator.

“As the most highly rated and only” qualified “candidate for this race, evaluated by the San Diego County Bar, and with the widespread support of benches, bars and law enforcement agencies, I am ready. It brings my unparalleled depth and extensive experience to withstand the vast number of proceedings facing the San Diego High Court, “Murray wrote in an email to Union Tribune.

The county bar association rated him as “sufficiently qualified” and received the second highest rating.

Law School: Duke University, 1990
Legal: From 1990 to 1992, Sheppard Mullin, an associate of LLC. Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County, 1992-2003. Peter F. Murray Law Firm, 2003-2011. Deputy Attorney General for California, 2011-2022. Cage & Miles, Chief Attorney for LLP, from February 2022 to the present.

Peter Singer is running for Office 36 Senior Court Judge.

Peter Singer is running for Office 36 Senior Court Judge.

Peter singer, He is a member of the San Diego Superior Court of Scripps Ranch.

“I’m already the only candidate for my race on the bench at the San Diego High Court,” the singer emailed Union Tribune, mentioning his role as a commissioner. He had previously been in private practice for 28 years, during which time he was appointed by the court to hear temporary judges, namely small claims, traffic, prosecution and other certain types of cases, for more than 22 years. He added that he served as a lawyer.

“I am the chairman of the California Court Commission and direct the new judge as a faculty member at BE Witkin California Justice University,” Singer said, adding that he has lived in San Diego for 40 years.

The county bar association rated him “qualified” and received the third highest rating.

Law School: Western State, 1986
Legal: Private practice focused on civil law from 1987 to 2015. Secretary of the High Court of San Diego, from 2015 to the present.