Now is the turn to report on Judge Kreep.
Judge Gary Kreep, of San Diego, California, was recently charged with 11 counts of misconduct, some valid, some not and some really petty.
Judge Kreep's behavior, as charged, is crude, on occasion improper, sexist and racist. And, Judge Kreep engaged in ex parte communications and did not represent facts correctly during his election campaign. Yet, the timing of the charges - 4 years after the election, the pettiness of some charges, and the fact that this particular judge was the target of blanket peremptory challenges by criminal prosecutors suggests selective enforcement of judicial discipline against Judge Kreep.
After all, he did nothing that other judges do not do - on a regular basis. Not that it is right, but, once again - anybody appearing in American courtrooms, after looking through the charges, can find that "their" judges behaved in the exact same manner, as to one, more than one, or all charges of misconduct against Judge Kreep.
Here is the description of the charges.
Judge Kreep likes to crack a joke - like this:
And he joked again with a public defender. Like this:
And, also jokingly, of course, Judge Kreep called attorneys appearing in front of him by nicknames - just as retired Delaware County (New York) Judge Carl F. Becker did (he called an attorney a clown and a Santa Claus). Here is Judge Kreep's jokingly invented nicknames for attorneys:
JudgeKreep also joked about an attorney's pregnancy - that the opposing counsel needs to wrap up the arguments shorter so that the pregnant attorney can go home and have her baby:
And Judge Kreep openly joked about how good a friend he was to a disabled personal friend:
I wonder how many friends Judge Kreep will have left after that particular disclosure, and how many of them will ask Judge Kreep for help - or offer help, for that matter.
And #JudgeGaryKreep joked yet again - with a criminal defendant:
Judge Kreep is a judge in San Diego, California.
The Bunny Ranch is a brothel in Nevada, which also has an online sexually explicit content.
Apparently, Judge Kreep had personal knowledge (and, maybe, experience?) of this brothel - which he readily shared in an open courtroom, jokingly of course, while accepting a plea from a young woman for prostitution and giving her a fatherly advice as to how to turn her life around.
Judge Kreep's jokingly humiliated young attorneys:
Judge Kreep jokingly - of course - referred to criminal sentences he imposed on people as "gifts":
Judge Kreep referred to cases by ethnicity of criminal defendants involved - and connected that ethnicity with attorneys appearing in front of him:
Amazingly, while lawyers are usually very submissive to judges, Judge Kreep was, apparently, so bad that lawyers boycotted his courtroom.
- misrepresentation to voters - and thus being elected by fraud (which reminds me of Albany County (New York) Supreme Court judge Christina Ryba ["ryba" means "fish" in Russian, by the way] who was FIRED from her job in the Appellate Division 3rd Department because she engaged in election fraud, but the New York State Commission for Judicial Conduct refused to find anything amiss in Ryba's behavior):
- running for judicial public office without resigning from another public office, as required by law:
- opposed a candidate for a public office (the President of the United States) while running for another public office (this charge I find questionable since a candidate for public office does not lose his voting rights by running for a public office)
- failed to report certain expenses during his election campaign;
- used his personal credit card and his personal bank account to finance his election campaign, instead of the campaign contribution account;
- remained for six weeks as counsel of record in a federal case after taking office as a judge;
- issued reimbursement checks in a way creating an impression that the judge continued to practice law after Judge Kreep took the bench
- pre-judged a case without a hearing and while refusing to allow an evidentiary hearing that was scheduled (Count 6);
- made improper remarks about people's ethnicities - be it Latino, Mexican, Chinese (described above), or Phillipino
- obtained legal advice for cases from attorneys who did not represent any parties, and then made rulings based on that advice
- delegated authority to parties to decide cases instead of himself
- during a trial, while being a fact-finder, injected his personal experiences into the trial (4 examples are contained in the charges, Count 10);
- presided over a motion scheduled in an ex parte manner and granted it (Count 11).
- Assigning nicknames to attorneys;
- Making inappropriate, crude, sexist, racist jokes in and out of court;
- engaging in ex parte communications;
- pre-judging cases;
- injecting their own experiences into cases - same as Charges 1 through 11, with specifications, allege against Judge Kreep.
Not to mention that Judge Kreep's opponent in his election campaign, Garland Peed, is reportedly working in the city attorney's criminal division that is boycotting the judge.
And, many Counts of the charges are outright petty.
You just don't charge a judge with an ethical violation simply because he complimented a female attorney or employee in the courtroom for being pretty.
That is really, really, really petty.
I can recall another case that I recently reported on - of New York judge Thomas Keefe who was forced to resign because prosecutors were not happy with him.
If defense attorneys were not happy with a judge, he would, probably, be given a badge of honor, no matter how crude, rude, sexist and racist he would be with defense attorneys.
And that is the whole problem with disciplinary prosecution of Judge Gary Kreep in California - as well as with the disciplinary prosecution of Judge Thomas Keefe in New York.