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Friday, May 18, 2007 | Regarding the thing on Aguirre by Evan McLaughlin: who of the electorate has ever voted for a Superior Judge and known for whom they were casting their ballot? I have always taken informed voting seriously but have struggled to know the merits by which judges and even school board members are justified to be empowered. I know I am not alone, and that the vast majority of people rely on the printed election booklets for what little guidance they offer on these elected positions. I have enjoyed at length reading the descriptions of propositions, but never have I had any such information for elections of judges. In fact, all I ever get is the hearsay from DAs, sheriffs, politicians in office and the judges’ mothers!
How can anyone claim the judges are anything other than appointed/anointed by these interested parties who have incredible agendas and conflicts in their own right? McLaughlin said: “But last week’s ruling chiseled a distinct chink into Aguirre’s armor. This time, the critique came from a third-party arbiter sworn by law to decide objectively and impartially on conflicts.” But we live in a far from perfect world, and the judges in San Diego are not saints, look who ordained them: conflicted power brokers seeking to solidify their hold on this city. Judges are no more equal or trustworthy than anyone else, they are just given power. It is undemocratic to suggest we are not judged by our peers, and last time I checked there were quite a few citizens run afoul of the law — including judges. I am shocked at the witch-hunt going after Aguirre. The attack on Aguirre written by McLaughlin is solely filled with “he said she said” by political foes all too willing go on record for this story, including this: “”To have a judge say that is stunning,” Council President Scott Peters said.”
How can this story be reported as fact on the voiceofsandiego.org? It reads like a biased editorial not as an article of news.
It’s worse than the hearsay printed in the ballot books!