Judges up for reelection this year have an asterisk next to their name. Judges with favorable reviews are in BLUE. Judges with somewhat favorable reviews are in dark blue.
Judges with negative reviews are in RED. Judges with somewhat negative reviews are in brick red. Judges with no color means there is either not enough information or they are fairly neutral.
The Governor appoints the Maricopa County Superior Court judges, who then stand for retention election once every 4 years. The Governor appoints the Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges, who then stand for election retention once every 6 years.
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There is a disturbing trend in Maricopa County Superior Court by Presiding Judge Barbara Mundell to pick and choose judges at will in order to ensure that the most liberal judges handle important political cases. She is essentially picking how justice will turn out. Her latest trend is to pluck judges out of retirement and put them on key cases to ensure politically liberal outcomes.
Most recently, she assigned retired judge Donald Daughton, a Democrat, to hear the challenge by abortion provider Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights to Arizona's recently passed prolife laws. The challenge was also filed at the same time in Arizona's federal court. Since the laws were to go into effect Tuesday, the suits asked for an emergency temporary restraining order (TRO) to halt them from going into effect until the issue could be fully litigated - which could take years. The federal court judge denied the request for a TRO.
Not surprisingly, Judge Daughton is a big supporter of Obama and Democrat U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell, as evidenced by his contributions below from the FEC website. With a history this biased, he is not fit to sit on this case. He should have disclosed up front his political contributions to left wing politicians.
How long is Judge Mundell going to continue picking and choosing judges as she pleases including ones who are retired to predetermine the outcome of cases? What's wrong with using our existing judges, and picking them by lottery? We will continue to document these outrageous preferences of justice.
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