Why I’m Running

My grandfather was a judge and his judgements were based on fairness, impartiality, and the rule of law, and that is how I have conducted my life as a prosecutor. I have always been committed to seeking justice – not justice from a prosecutor’s or a defense attorney’s point of view, but simply what is fair, just, and legal under every circumstance.

Judges are the public faces of the Court and often the only faces of justice most San Diegans encounter, and I understand that the decisions I make as a judge will have a profound effect on the individuals who appear before me.

In prosecuting some of our County’s most emotional cases, I have witnessed the devastating effects of violence on families and have worked tirelessly to empower victims to break free from the cycle of violence while holding their abusers accountable.

As a judge my foremost priority will be public safety while holding individuals accountable for their actions.  I realize that accountability often includes an opportunity to overcome substance abuse, develop occupational skills, and address other impediments to the eventual reintegration into society.  Over my 17-year career, I have always exercised my authority and discretion when deciding on which cases to prosecute, what charges to file, and how to resolve a case in order to reach a fair, just and legal outcome.

I have prosecuted over one-hundred homicide, domestic violence, child abuse, child molestation, elder abuse, torture, mayhem, and sexual assault cases throughout my career.  While high-profile cases often garner the most public attention, they are only a small percentage of the matters judges handle.  Most San Diegans appear before our courts for traffic tickets, family law cases, as jurors, crime victims, or those accused of low-level crimes.  While I have the experience and ability to handle the high-profile cases, I also have the temperament and understanding to preside over the cases that affect most San Diegans on a daily basis.

As a prosecutor, I have always ethically balanced public safety with the rights of those involved in the criminal justice system.  As a judge, I will maintain the integrity of our Courts, protect the Constitutional rights of all our citizens, ensure that everyone will be treated fairly and impartially and with dignity and respect, and will be given the opportunity to be heard and have equal access to justice.

My reputation for civility, integrity, fairness, and justice has preceded me throughout my career as a prosecutor.  I am humbled by the support I have from members of the community, but their faith and trust in me only exists because they know that my reputation will follow me to the Bench and precede me throughout my career as a judge.

My grandfather was a judge and his judgements were based on fairness, impartiality, and the rule of law, and that is how I have conducted my life as a prosecutor. I have always been committed to seeking justice – not justice from a prosecutor’s or a defense attorney’s point of view, but simply what is fair, just, and legal under every circumstance.

Judges are the public faces of the Court and often the only faces of justice most San Diegans encounter, and I understand that the decisions I make as a judge will have a profound effect on the individuals who appear before me.

In prosecuting some of our County’s most emotional cases, I have witnessed the devastating effects of violence on families and have worked tirelessly to empower victims to break free from the cycle of violence while holding their abusers accountable.

As a judge my foremost priority will be public safety while holding individuals accountable for their actions.  I realize that accountability often includes an opportunity to overcome substance abuse, develop occupational skills, and address other impediments to the eventual reintegration into society.  Over my 17-year career, I have always exercised my authority and discretion when deciding on which cases to prosecute, what charges to file, and how to resolve a case in order to reach a fair, just and legal outcome.

I have prosecuted over one-hundred homicide, domestic violence, child abuse, child molestation, elder abuse, torture, mayhem, and sexual assault cases throughout my career.  While high-profile cases often garner the most public attention, they are only a small percentage of the matters judges handle.  Most San Diegans appear before our courts for traffic tickets, family law cases, as jurors, crime victims, or those accused of low-level crimes.  While I have the experience and ability to handle the high-profile cases, I also have the temperament and understanding to preside over the cases that affect most San Diegans on a daily basis.

As a prosecutor, I have always ethically balanced public safety with the rights of those involved in the criminal justice system.  As a judge, I will maintain the integrity of our Courts, protect the Constitutional rights of all our citizens, ensure that everyone will be treated fairly and impartially and with dignity and respect, and will be given the opportunity to be heard and have equal access to justice.

My reputation for civility, integrity, fairness, and justice has preceded me throughout my career as a prosecutor.  I am humbled by the support I have from members of the community, but their faith and trust in me only exists because they know that my reputation will follow me to the Bench and precede me throughout my career as a judge.

The most sacred of the duties of a government is to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.

THOMAS JEFFERSON

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