Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Maricopa County Superior Court judges


MUNDELL, Barbara Rodriguez
Presiding Judge
Most likely a Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender
Rating: 0

ACETO, Mark F. Presiding Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Symington appointee - 1995
Former prosecutor
Conservatives have a very favorable opinion of this judge
Rating:

AKERS, Linda A.* Juvenile
Symington appointee - 1996
Former prosecutor
Member of U.S. District Court Gender Equity Task Force
Considered a mediocre attorney by reputable attorneys, but a tough sentencer, even the left wing blog Netroots considers her tough on crime
Considered difficult to deal with in court
Rating: 7

ANDERSON, Aimee Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former criminal defense attorney and prosecutor
One reputable prosecutor who regularly appears in front of Anderson does not believe she is liberal.
Rating:

ANDERSON, Arthur Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 1999
Former civil litigation attorney
This judge can be gruff to appear in front of
Considered fair by reputable attorneys, but slightly soft on crime
Rating:

BALLINGER, Eddward Jr.* Civil
Republican
Hull appointee - 1998
Former tax attorney
Note - although was formerly Criminal Presiding Judge, was not member of any criminal defense leaning organizations
Reputable attorneys say that if doesn't like your case, he's terrible. Considered moderate on sentencing crime.
Rating:

BARTON, Janet Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 2000
Former commercial litigation attorney
Rating:

BASSETT, Edward Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2008
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender
Rating:

BEENE, James Family
Conservative
Brewer appointee
Rating: 10


BERGIN, Dawn Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former attorney at Napolitano's old firm, Lewis & Roca
Rating:

BLAKEY, II, A. Craig* Civil
Republican
Symington appointee - 2002
Formerly in private practice
Everyone who appears in front of this judge loves him and say he's fair
Solid conservative
Rating: 10

BRNOVICH, Susan Criminal
Conservative
Rating: 10

BRODMAN, Roger Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Republican, moderate
Formerly in private practice
Symington appointee - 2002

BROTHERTON, William Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Formerly a far left legislator
Inductee in Sierra Club Hall of Fame, member of Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Rating: 0

BUDOFF, Robert Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Symington appointee - 2000
Formerly in private practice
Have heard that he is biased against fathers in divorce/custody cases
Very liberal
Rating: 0

BURKE, Edward O. Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Considered soft on crime.
Symington appointee - 1999
Formerly in private practice
Rating: 0

BUTTRICK, John A.* Spec. Assgn. Civil
Libertarian, very well-liked by conservatives too
Symington appointee - 2001
Formerly in private practice
Graduated from Harvard Law School
Rating: 10

CHAVEZ, Harriett Presiding Northwest/Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2003
Rating:

COHEN, Bruce* Family
appears to be a RINO
Napolitano appointee - 2005
Formerly in private practice & a prosecutor
Rating:

CONTES, Connie* Criminal
Hull appointee - 2002
Formerly worked for the Office of the Public Defender
Rating:

DAVIS, Glenn* Civil
Democrat
Napolitano - 2006
Former attorney to the Democrats in the legislature
Contributed to AZ State Democrat Party
Rating: 0

DAVIS, Norman J. Juvenile & Associate Presiding Judge UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Republican
Symington appointee - 1995
Formerly an attorney in private practice
Rating:

DITSWORTH, John* Criminal
Republican
Hull appointee - 2001
Former prosecutor
Reportedly an even-tempered, competent, and fair judge
Rating: 8

DONAHOE, Gary Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 2000
Former attorney in civil litigation
Held the Sheriff's Office in contempt for its inability to bring inmates to court on time, even though the problem was due to the Board of Supervisors slashing the Sheriff's budget by 15%. (the court has a cozy relationship with the Supervisors, and will not rule against them in cases because the Supervisors have promised the judges a brand-new $340 million court tower with penthouse offices).
He also removed the County Attorney's Office from prosecuting Supervisor Stapley, saying there was a conflict, but ignored the real conflict which was that the Supervisors' attorney Tom Irvine (a former attorney for the Democrat Party) is also the attorney for the Court.
Rating: 2

DUNCAN, (Schneider) Sally Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2004
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender
Reputed to be a very lenient criminal judge except on domestic violence crimes
Rating: 0

DUNEVANT, III, Thomas* Presiding Tax Court/Civil
Democrat
Mofford appointee - 1989
Former prosecutor
Reputable attorneys have a negative opinion of him
Rating: 2

FENZEL, Alfred Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Republican
Hull appointee - 1999
Reputable attorneys have a good opinion of him, but he's considered a little soft on crime
Former prosecutor

FINK, Dean Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2006
Former attorney at Napolitano's Lewis & Roca firm
Rating:

FLORES, Lisa* Family
Napolitano appointee and FOJ (Friend of Janet) - 2005
RINO
Former General Counsel for Governor Hull, where she was responsible for many of Hull's bad judicial picks, including Ruth MacGregor
Rating: less than 0

FOSTER, George H. Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Considered somewhat liberal, but is one of the most pleasant judges.
Democrat
Hull or Napolitano appointee - 2003
Former managing attorney with Wilenchik & Bartness
Past instructor, Project Business – teaching free enterprise to middle school children
Rating:


GAINES, Pendleton Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 1999
Formerly in commercial litigation
Rating: 10

GAMA, J. Richard Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 2000
Democrat but considered tough on crime
Considered liberal
Former trial attorney
One reputable prosecutor who appears regularly in front of Gama does not think he is liberal.
Rating: 2 (recently lowered his ranking)

GARCIA, Jeanne* Civil
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2005
Considered soft on crime
Formerly worked at the AG's Office
Rating: 0

GASS, David Family
Democrat
Former Director of Legislative Affairs for Terry Goddard, law clerk to Ruth McGregor
Rating: 0

GATES, Pamela
Brewer appointee - 2009
Wife of Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates
Rating: 10

GENTRY-LEWIS, Jo Lynn* Family
Napolitano appointee - 2005
Former government attorney
Former tribal attorney, active in Native American causes
Rating:

GERLACH, Douglas
Brewer appointee - 2010
Has criminal defense background

GORDON, Michael* Family
Napolitano appointee - 2005
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender
Considered soft on crime
Rating: 0

GOTTSFIELD, Robert L. Criminal
Lawyers refer to him as "crazy Bob" due to his erratic behavior, but he's fast.
Soft on drug crimes

GRANT, Larry Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2003
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender, briefly a prosecutor
Very liberal, accuses police officers of racial profiling
Rating: 0

GRANVILLE, Warren J. Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Republican
Reputedly is very liberal in his decisions - as one commenter noted - yes although he is a registered Republican, he has been very liberal in his rulings unfortunately.
Hull appointee - 2000
Rating: 0

HANNAH, John* Juvenile
Napolitano appointee - 2005
Formerly very active in criminal defense, including AZ Capital Representation Project

Rating: 0

HARRISON, Cari A.* Criminal
Hull appointee - 2001
Formerly worked for the AG's office and in private practice
Reputable prosecutors say she is conservative
Rating: 8

HAUSER, Brian R. Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Symington or Mofford appointee - 1991
Former government attorney
Reputable attorneys consider him a decent judge, although moderate on crime
Rating:

HEGYI, Hugh Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former assistant to a Democrat Senator
Formerly worked at the AG's office and in private practice
Active in State Bar's left wing Legal Services Committee
Rating: 0

HEILMAN, Joseph B. Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Hull appointee - 1999
Former prosecutor
Criticized Maricopa County Attorney's Office crackdowns on sex offender plea bargains from the bench. Showed lack of neutrality and left-leaning views. Considered a soft sentencer, but is about as balanced as you're going to find in a Democrat appointee. Is pro-2nd amendment and a hunter.
Rating: 3

HICKS, Bethany G. Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 1999
Considered soft on crime and invents laws
Former family law practitioner
Rating: 0

HILLIARD, Ruth H.* Family
Republican
Babbitt appointee - 1985
Left wing blog Netroots describes her as "very liberal"
Formerly in civil litigation
Rating:

HOAG, M. Jean Associate Presiding Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Mofford appointee - 1996
Former prosecutor
Reputable attorneys consider her ok
Rating:

HOFFMAN, Kristin C.* Criminal
Napolitano appointee - 2006
Liberal blog says she's pro-abortion and biased towards women and feminist views
Doesn't follow the law
Rating: 0

HYATT, Carey Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Republican
Former prosecutor
Hull appointee - 2000
Rating:

ISHIKAWA, Brian K. Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Republican
Symington appointee - 1995
Former attorney in private practice
Rating: 10

JONES, Michael D. Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Symington appointee - 1995
Former prosecutor
Considered lazy & a pushover
Rating: 7
Note - we have recently upped his rating, due to new information

KATZ, Paul A.* Family
Democrat
Mofford appointee - 1989
Reputable attorneys have a poor opinion of him
Left wing blog Netroots describes him as "very liberal"
Former government attorney
Rating: 0

KEMP, Michael* Criminal
Most likely a Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2005
Former prosecutor
Reputed to be a fair judge, well-liked
Rating: 8

KEPPEL, James H. Juvenile
Republican
Symington appointee - 1996
Former prosecutor and briefly a public defender
Rating: 9

KILEY, Daniel Family
Brewer appointee - 2010


KLEIN, Andrew
*
Special Assn/Civil
Probably a Republican
Hull appointee - 2001
Former attorney in private practice
Has a reputation for being a fair, level-headed judge
Rating: 10

KREAMER, Joseph Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Board of Directors, left wing
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
Former chair and active in State Bar's left wing Legal Services Committee
Rating: 0

LECLAIRE, Thomas Family
Brewer appointee - 2010
Former prosecutor

LEE, Raymond Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Napolitano appointee - 2003
Worked for the AG's office and in private practice
On the AZ Bar Commission on Women and Minorities, AZ Ass. of Defense Counsel
Rating: 0

MAHONEY, Margaret R.* Criminal
Independent
Hull appointee - 2002
Former attorney in commercial litigation
Rating:

MANGUM, J. Kenneth Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Mofford or Symington appointee - 1991
Former JAG attorney
Reputable attorneys consider him a decent judge
Rating:

MARTIN, Daniel Family Court UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former attorney in private practice
Rating: 0

MCCLENNEN, Crane* Juvenile
Democrat
Symington appointee - 1997
Former prosecutor
Prolife
Wrote books on Evidence, more of an academic
Left wing blog Netroots says he is tough on crime
The only judge the Commission on Judicial Review recommended not retaining in 2008. We got the full scoop on it. The Judicial Performance Review Commission gave him a poor rating because he received poor reviews from criminal defense attorneys. As an academic expert on trials, he doesn't put up with sloppily prepared attorneys. He takes time to educate them on procedure, which can back up his calendar. Considered possibly the smartest judge on the bench. Ends up ruling tough on crime and conservatively because he rules in favor of the best presented case, not emotional arguments or hastily made decisions not made on the full facts.
Rating: 9

MCMURDIE, Paul* Special Assignment
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2006
Former prosecutor
He is tough on crime. Former homicide prosecutor.
Rating: 8


MCNALLY, Colleen* Presiding Family
Hull appointee - 2001
Considered soft on crime
Former prosecutor and public defender
Rating: 0

MCVEY, Michael R.* Family
Republican
Symington appointee - 1993
Prolife
Formerly worked at the AG's office
Rating: 9

MILES, Linda H.* Family
Hull appointee - 2001
Former attorney in private practice
Reputable attorneys have a mixed opinion of her
Rating:

MILES, Robert* Family
Napolitano appointee - 2005
Reputable attorneys have a mixed opinion of him
Former attorney in private practice
Rating:

MROZ, Rosa Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Napolitano appointee - 2004
Former government attorney
Reputable attorneys say she is very liberal
Rating: 0


MYERS, Sam Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former legislative intern to Democrat Senator Dennis DeConcini
Former prosecutor
Rating: 3

NORRIS, Benjamin Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2008
Formely in private practice and litigation for the US District Attorney
Rating:

O'CONNOR, Karen L. Probate/Mental Health Presiding Judge UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 2000
Considered fair
Former prosecutor
Rating: 10

OBERBILLIG, Robert* Civil
Hull appointee - 1998
Formerly on board of directors, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
Fellow, left wing Arizona Bar Foundation
Left wing blog Netroots says he turned out to be more liberal than Governor Hull expected
Rating: 0

PADILLA, Jose* Family
Almost certain he is a Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2005
Active in radical leftist hispanic group La Raza during law school
Former nurse
Rating: 0

PALMER, David Family
Brewer appointee - 2009
Former prosecutor

PINEDA, Susanna Family Court UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Appears to be a RINO
Formerly worked at the AG's office
One reputable prosecutor who regularly appears in front of Pineda does not believe she is liberal.
Rating:

POTTS, Karen* Family
Napolitano appointee - 2006
Former Vice President, the far left Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest
Formerly worked at the AG's office and in private practice
Worked on AZ Bar disciplinary issues
Appears to be a Republican, prolife, and socially conservative
Rating:

RAYES, Douglas Civil UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 2000
Considered soft on crime
Former JAG attorney
Rating: 0

REA, John Associate Presiding Family Court UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2004
Former staff attorney for the AZ Supreme Court
Rating:

REINSTEIN, Peter Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 1999
Former prosecutor
Rating: 10

RONAN, Emmet J. Presiding Southeast/Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Hull appointee - 2000
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender
Defended some of the most heinous criminals in the state
Rating:

RYAN, Timothy J.* Associate Presiding Criminal Judge
Democrat
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender, and prosecutor
Has a very liberal reputation on the bench
Has a poor record of enforcing Prop. 100, no bail for illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes
Prolife
Rating: 3

SANDERS, Teresa A.* Criminal
Democrat
Hull appointee - 2001
Former prosecutor
Considered tough on crime
Rating:

STEINLE, III, Roland J.* Special Assignment/Criminal
Republican
Hull appointee - 2001
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender
Active in criminal defense organizations
Left wing blog Netroots says he is biased towards criminal defense
Reputable attorneys say he does a lousy job
Rating: 2

STEPHENS, Sherry K.* Family
Hull appointee - 2001
Formerly worked at AG's office
Considered middle of the road when it comes to sentencing, but is pleasant to appear in front of
Rating:


TALAMANTE, David M. Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Independent
Hull appointee - 1999
Formerly worked for AG's office and left wing community legal services
Considered somewhat fair, middle of the road, not biased towards criminal defense but not considered a tough sentencer
Rating:

THOMPSON, Peter Juvenile
Brewer appointee - 2010
Former police attorney and military reservist

THUMMA, Samuel Juvenile UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former law clerk for liberal Democrat AZ
Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman
Member, Diversity Task Force and Ethics Committee, State Bar of Arizona
Has a reputation for attacking attorneys and getting them in trouble
Rating: 0

UDALL, David K.* Criminal
Republican
Hull appointee - 2001
Former prosecutor
Considered a somewhat tough sentencer
Rating:

VERDIN, Maria del Mar Criminal UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 1999
Former criminal defense attorney - public defender

WARNER, Randall Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former law clerk to liberal AZ Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Zlaket
State Bar of Arizona, Editorial Committee, left wing Arizona Attorney Magazine
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
Circulated anti-marriage petitions for Napolitano and was rewarded with a judgeship for it
Rating: 0

WELTY, Joseph C. Family UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2007
Former prosecutor
Rating:

WHITTEN, Christopher* Criminal
Democrat
Napolitano appointee - 2006
Former prosecutor and private practice
Rating:

WILLETT, Eileen Juvenile Presiding Judge UP FOR RETENTION ELECTION
Hull appointee - 1999
Former attorney in private practice
Rating: 10

49 comments:

AZ Judges Review said...

Great blog!! I look forward to watching it grow, and grow it will!!

Anonymous said...

It doesn't really matter whether Superior Court judges are "liberal" or "conservative." They all have to dance to the tune of the Court of Appeals. THAT is what determines, in the end, how Superior Court judges rule or sentence in their cases. The real question you should be asking is, do the Court of Appeal judges have enough courtroom experience to complement their legal expertise in making decisions. You really need both. Thanks for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Judge J. Kenneth Mangum is one of the most caring and helpful judges on the bench.

He is a strong advocate for the anti-pornography league and fights hard for children's rights. He knows the law and he knows how to apply it for people.

I don't know if he's a Republican or Democrat - but, I know he's a good man with a genuine heart for doing the right thing. Given his legal credentials, that's enough for me to rate him very high.

AZ Judges Review said...

From a reader -

"I have had positive experiences with Chris Whitten. So much so, that I was surprised to learn that he was a Democrat. I like him and have felt he has been relatively fair in rulings involving my cases and from rulings with a colleague."

Anonymous said...

I seriously question the depth of the research here. Here is one example: You state that Randy Warner was a member of the Arizona association of Defense Counsel, but don't seem to know that this is an association of CIVIL defense counsel, who represent defendants sued by trial lawyers. Unless you are anti-business, this is a sign of conservative leanings, but liberal leanings.

And another example: Paul McMurdie is a liberal? Are you kidding? He was the chief advocate for the prosecution in death cases for over a decade.

Jim & Skeeter said...

Thanks for the additional info on the Maricopa County Superior Court Judges. My wife & I had already reviewed,(in detail) all of the info provided in the Publicity Pamphlet mailed to our home by the Secretary of State's office. We used several criteria/s to make our decisions - The main one was how do they rate in the INTEGRITY evaluations. We agreed on most of your assestments, with a few exceptions-BUT, how did Crane McClennen show up as "neutral ?
1. Only 10 of 29 Commissioners voted "meets standards"
2.Legal ability 89%
3.Integrity 84% ?
4.Communication Skills 78%
5.Judicial Temperment 60%
6.Administrative Performance 70%

Kinda takes the credibility
out of the entire process !

Anonymous said...

What do the asterisks next to the name indicate?

AZ Judges Review said...

The asterisks mean that judge is up for reelection this fall.

Anonymous said...

The site presents great information about judges in Arizona. The information provided by the Publicity Pamphlet is terrible inadequate. The Publicity Pamphlet provides a few vague number that make all the judges look good and ensures their reelection

This site provides the information about judges that the public would not otherwise have.

Janine White said...

Thank you for posting this information. When you write "reputable lawyers," how do you determine who is or is not "reputable"? Is it only conservative lawyers or lawyers you know?

AthenaDelphi said...

ANY information giving in this format is great! I thank you so much for making voting easier. Yes, there will be some items left out and those will be put in next round but for once, I can say that I'm voting with at least at 79% confidence level that I'm making the correct decisions.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!! helped me make some choices that if your blog had not been there, i might have just not voted. Keep up the good work,
Craig

BerlinFire said...

I am very grateful for the information that you have compiled. I've spent a lot of time trying to learn about the judges up for re-election. Other than the AZ Commission of Judicial Performance, your blog is the only helpful site I've found.
Will you add more details on the judges, such as why they are not respected by "reputable lawyers", and perhaps more specifics on their past rulings?
Thank you for your work!

Anonymous said...

What does "RINO" stand for or mean?

Anonymous said...

Stands for Republican In Name Only.

super-vision said...

This blog is a great use of the Internet! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Judge Budoff is extremely fair and patient.

Anonymous said...

This is great. I do have to say, I have been before Judge Ballinger many times in the last 2 years and he is an exceptional judge. He is very fair and does a good job of making fair rulings based on the law and does not like games or shenannigans in his court. Vote to keep him on the bench, we need many more judges with as much integrity as judge Ballinger.

P.S. He presided over my custody case in family court. Sadly, in the middle of my case he got rotated to the civil bench where I'm sure he is doing a great job as well. But on that note, he was replaced by Judge Hyatt and she too is an outstanding judge.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little confused as to how you managed to rank so many of the judges in the "red" category, but provided no information. It would appear that merely being appointed by Napolitano garners one a negative rating on your blog. Assuming you want your judges to display appropriate impartiality and judge each case on its merits, don't you think it's wise to extend the same courtesy when ranking the judges?

Julie said...

thank you for the hard work you put into this blog. I voted (mail-in) tonight using this info. Without your blog, I would have not voted for judges. I'm going to link to you in a future blog post.

Anonymous said...

THIS was awesome , I wanted to be sure who was not enforcing prop 100 and cast the proper vote either to retain them OR not !!This made it simple and judge T Ryan he's the one who gave lifetime probation to a woman that starved her baby to death her name is Eboni Perri go to ankarol's blog @ktar to read the court papers. thanks!!!

Sophia Fire said...

A big hurrah for Judge Silvia Arellano who today sentenced Kyran Jones to 7 years for the assault on a Tempe Police Lieutenant. And great job to County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his staff!

Anonymous said...

This appears to be a very right-leaning blog. It's funny how most of the judges, if they are a Republican, have a favorable rating, and if they are a Democrat, have a negative rating. Why don't you provide more information on WHY the judges have been given the ratings they've been given?

{Mullins} said...

i love how the negative people stay ANONYMOUS. hmmm...hiding just like a democrat! thx for the info, helped me fill out my early ballot!!

Anonymous said...

What do all the various colors on your website mean? I understand the blue or red but what does the dark brown, tan brown, and black colors mean?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for an informative review. The Judicial Performance Review in the Publicity Pamphlet can be very misleading regarding the performance of a Judge. Very few litigants who go before a Judge, fill out the surveys they are given and return them. I'll use Presiding Family Court Judge, Colleen McNally, as an example, 189 surveys were distributed to litigants and only 15 surveys were returned. Those numbers do not accurately reflect what her true performance could be. I've been told Judge McNally is insensitive to woman's issues often being bias towards the man. She also does not fight for children's rights. Where is her integrity? I've heard several stories from prior litigants who have been before Judge McNally say that if you do anything to get on her bad side you can say good-bye to your case even if you are in the right. Please educate yourself and if you have not heard anything about a particular Judge, do not vote for the Judge at all. The courts need to be changed!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping me vote wisely!!!!

Anonymous said...

QUESTION: You gave Craig Blakey a rating of "10" claiming he is a "solid conservative", but according to two other websites (including the netroots one you refer to several times and http://www.azconservative.org/2008_Elections.htm) he actually leans to the liberal side and is supported by the liberal vote. There's not a lot of info out there to help figure out a wise vote. More information of Judge Blakey's views would be appreciated. Otherwise it is difficult to give this research credibility. Thank you for your hard work!

Anonymous said...

awesome site and great resource for people interested in ensuring conservative values and morals! THX for the service!!

Anonymous said...

My mom taught me to never keep any judge for more than one term. They ALL get too power hungry. To keep it fair and unbiased, I believe I'll stick to that rule, my mama knows best.

Anonymous said...

This website is very helpful in making an informed decision; however, I would like to see more about the views of all the judges. I think knowing if a judge is considered liberal or conservative is of the utmost importance. Liberal judges tend to be more likely to legislate from the bench and conservatives tend to be more likely to stick with the letter of the law and the Constitution. I would also like to see their views on issues such as abortion (pro-life vs. pro-choice). How about their views on gun control. These are all very important to most voters on either side of the political spectrum. This information will allow voters to make informed decisions based on their own opinions of the issues.

Anonymous said...

I just received this web site today. Unfortunately we voted by absentee ballot last week. I just hope I can remember this website when it's time to vote again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for putting this information together. I like to be somewhat informed on who is on the ballot and I had a hard time finding anything else listing how they tend to lean in their rulings.

H said...

Too bad you haven't answered the question, "what does reputable attorney mean." I'm thinking this might not be a reputable sight.

That being said, thank you for all your information and hard work. I will look up more on several of the judges since reading this blog.

Anonymous said...

Would love to know where these judges stand on parental rights.

Dawn said...

My best friend had Bruce Cohen as her lawyer just before he was picked as a judge. He was obviously well-respected by judges and attorneys alike and conducted himself in an admirable manner. He showed genuine concern for both sides of the issue even as an attorney. I am extremely conservative and I would trust this man to be fair and principled.

Anonymous said...

This site is ridiculous. You are ignorant people who have nothing better to do than try to take someone's job away. Are you in each of these jugde's courtroom every single day? Do you see the countless amount of hours they put into their cases, for every single one? No you don't. So before you decide to put a "red" mark on a judge you know nothing about, you should visit their court every single day of every single year. It's funny that the people above who say "this site is amazing!" are really just ignorant people who rely on you to give them false information. If you want to know about a certain judge, look up court records, not an ill-informed blog that can't seem to get its facts straight.

Anonymous said...

I see that you have already labeled Judge Hugh Hegyi as liberal. He was my judge in family court and what I do know about him is that HE BARELY LISTENED TO ANY OF THE DETAILS IN COURT,WAS NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELFARE OF MY CHILDREN, AND MADE DEVASTATING DECISIONS THAT WILL NEGATIVELY AFFECT MY CHILDREN FOR YEARS TO COME. I understand these judges are really busy in family courts, but if they are overwhelmed and can't keep up with doing an adequate job, they should have enough chutzpah to complain that they cannot do their job well with the amount of cases they have been assigned. I would have given anything to have a jury of my peers listen and make the decision. These judges need to realize that they are making crucial decisions that can greatly affect how a child's life turns out. As far as I am concerned, the family courts need an enormous amount of improvement. Thank you for starting this site!................Anonymous

Anonymous said...

I am interested in people’s experiences in Judge Susana Pineda’s courtroom. Please email me at keoie1@yahoo.com with your comments.

Anonymous said...

J. Kenneth Mangum is an excellent judge deserving of praise. I am an attorney and do some work as a Pro Tem Judge. I have seen the work of hundreds on the bench and have seen many examples; both good and bad. Judge Mangum is one of the few that studies everything that is coming before him very carefully. You can't put anything past him, and yet he is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. We need more like him serving our judiciary!

Anonymous said...

Two weeks before she was killed, Dawn Axsom pleaded with Judge Jose Padilla of Maricopa County Superior Court to let her leave Arizona with her son because she feared Gabriel Schwartz, the toddler's father, would harm her or their boy.

Padilla denied the 26-year-old's request and ordered the pair to attend parental counseling together.

Axsom's body was found in her Peoria residence Friday. Police also found the bodies of Schwartz, 28, and Linda Braden, 56, Axsom's mother.

Schwartz is suspected of shooting and killing both women before turning the gun on himself.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a site that is less subjective and more statistically oriented. Here is what would be helpful to me: a listing of each judge, attorney/ law firm for plaintiff and defendants, decision for and against statistics by Plaintiff/Defendant, number of cases appealed and number of appeals affirmed, reversed, etc link to cases presided over by judge.
Small Example of info and search criteria:
Judge Name : Judge Whoever
Lawfirm: FirmName
Times lawfirm in front of Judge
Times decision for Plaintiff/Defendant
Number Cases Appealed
Appealed cases affirmed/reversed/vacated

Statistics are more quantitative and less subjective.

Anonymous said...

I just had a hearing Tuesday with a new Mesa Superior Court commissioner, Alysson Abe, I believe her name is spelled. She had her mind made up before I ever entered her court room that she was going to have me arrested for back owed child support, and I can only assume this was due to 'behind the bench pressure', applied from the opposing party's attorney, due to the fact that Abe was not so irrationally disposed against me in preceedings prior! She had many options at her disposal on Tuesday to address both parties concerns and needs without using such a punitive measure. She chose to punish me with such acrimony there were gasps in the courtroom. She entered her ruling under the ruse that she felt this was 'in the best interest' of my children, yet her actions cost me a very hard-won and lucrative internship I had just started the day before, which would have caught me up in my child support by summer's end! How she or anyone with the facts of both sides of this case in front of them, would consider her ruling 'in the best interests' of my children is the question every Arizona Father deserves an answer to! Then to learn that there is little that one in this State can do to seek redress for such financial and career damage from a malicious judge's ruling...that is the most bitter pill of all! In this economy, to cost a man his job, any job, which he'd fought for three months to obtain, under the guise of it being what is 'best' for his children...ought to be a punishable offense - no matter WHO is responsible!! This woman wearing a judges costume, actually leaned forward on the bench, narrowed her eyes and hissed at me, as I countered that I would lose my job if she jailed me, "You should have thought of that before you entered this courtroom!" With such palpable contempt of her 'subjects' as it were, evidenced by her utter disregard and disdain of REALITY, I am certain Abe's future record and rulings will bring much shame upon this State, if not law-suits!

Anonymous said...

Hugh Hegyi is an awful judge. He was not fair and did not listen. Was downright rude and nasty. I walked out of the courtroom feeling sick to my stomach and vowed to never step foot in another courtroom where he is the judge.

Anonymous said...

Judge Brain Hauser (who is up for re-election this year) is not a great choice. He makes decisions based on one side and ignores ethical issues.

Anonymous said...

We get so little information on the Judges we are to vote on. I appreciate this site and wish more information could be provided. Please get the word out about this site to the public.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this site, it was so helpful. I want to be a good citizen and vote informed. When it comes to retaining or not retaining judges , I didn't know what to do because I didn't know any of their records. The more you can tell about them the berrer. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

This is a very unbias set of data, you can tell because all the Democrats should be voted out and Republicans are okay. Good job, lol.

Facts are your friend, don't shun them so!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for providing such an unbiased view of the judges (that was dripping with sarcasm, by the way). You made it very easy to retain those you hate and kick out those that you like. Thanks for making it amazingly easy to spot the extreme right wing conservative judges!!! Hopefully they'll be looking for another job soon.