Monday, October 13, 2014

Vote against bad judges

Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian is on the ballot for reelection as a California appeals court judge in San Jose. She is the worst, as reported by the San Jose newspaper:
Even in a district known for rejecting appeals by criminal defendants, Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian stands apart.

In the history of the 6th District Court of Appeal, no justice has defended convictions more consistently. Bamattre-Manoukian votes for reversal only in about 1 percent of the cases she considers, a Mercury News analysis shows. In the opinions she has written, the reversal rate drops below 1 percent. ...

It is not just that Bamattre-Manoukian votes so often for convictions. Repeatedly, her opinions arouse controversy for the way she arrives at her conclusions. ...
I had her on an appeal, and I can personal attest for her being an evil witch, and is unfit to be a judge. I have criticized her here and previously.

I will vote against her. Most of the other judges on the ballot are pretty bad also. If in doubt, just vote against them all.

Unfortunately, judges almost always get re-elected. Rose Bird got kicked out in 1986, but that was possible because she made some high-profile unpopular decisions, and there was an organized campaign by political and business groups against.

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