San Diego Superior Court
By Miriam Raftery
April 25, 2014 (San Diego) – Judge Ronald Prager has been a Superior Court Judge for 26 years, with an unblemished record.
“I’ve handled more important cases and complex litigation than any other judge,” said Prager, who has presided over many of our region’s most high profile cases. He told ECM that he has been endorsed by all 125 Superior Court judges as well as Sheriff Bill Gore, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, the Public Defender, Deputy District Attorneys Association, the Lawyer’s Club, and San Diegans Against Crime, a crime victims’ rights group.
His opponent for Superior Court seat 9, Douglas James Crawford, faces suspension of his law license for advising opposing counsel of threats made by his client to instigate an IRS audit if settlement talks in a lawsuit were not commenced. He denies wrongdoing and has filed an appeal. He has also drawn criticism for racial remarks regarding an African-American judge and for offering free legal advice to white supremacist groups. In addition, an East County Magazine investigation reveals that Crawford has previously been sanctioned by the California 4th District Court of Appeal for “intentionally misleading” a court and bank regarding his mother’s death. Moreover, the court found that Crawford claimed to represent his mother’s estate after allowing his license to practice law to become inactive.
By Miriam Raftery
February 27, 2013 (El Cajon)—“I’m very excited about the new challenge in a very important and emotional area of the law,” newly elected Superior Court Judge Robert Amador told East County Magazine. Assigned to the family law court in El Cajon, Judge Amador added, “I hope to be able to lower the tension and animosity between litigants that often occur in these types of cases.”
By Nadin Abbott
October 22, 2012 (San Diego)—At a press conference called by active and retired members of the legal profession, prominent legal experts urged voters to reject Superior Court candidate Jim Miller. The County Bar Association found Miller “lacking qualifications.” Miller had previously been removed for cause as a Judge Pro Tempore and two weeks ago, had his endorsement by the Lincoln Club revoked.
The Honorable Howard Wiener, a retired judge, told media that “this press conference is to highlight the importance of a judicial election and the need to cast an informed vote.”
Photos by Miriam Raftery and Nadine Abbott
June 7, 2012 (San Diego) – A judicial candidate who was removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the San Diego Superior Court days before the primary election has finished in first place.
Jim Miller, an El Cajon attorney who also drew a “lacking qualifications” rating from the County Bar Association in his judicial race, will compete in the November run-off election against fellow conservative Robert Amador for office 25 on the Superior Court.
Miller further raised controversy in the legal community after making indiscreet posts on his Facebook page, where he divulged details of cases he was hearing as well as dissing local attorneys,judges, and a law enforcement officer: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9865.
By Miriam Raftery and Sierra Robinson
May 24, 2012 (La Mesa) – They make life or death decisions. Superior Court judges may determine who goes to prison—and for how long. They hear civil lawsuits, juvenile and family court cases. Their decisions can bring victims closure or tear families apart—and their rulings may set long-lasting precedents.
Yesterday, three candidates vying for San Diego Superior Court Seat 25 presented their arguments why each contends he is the best qualified for the bench. The forum was presented by Foothills Bar Association at BJ’s restaurant in La Mesa.