Lawyer Gary Kreep, an attorney who has questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate, captured a San Diego Superior Court judgeship, a U-T San Diego article reported.
Kreep and U.S. Justice Foundation, his public-interest law firm, got national attention for taking on such cases as what has become known as a “birther” case involving Obama and the case of a Marine sergeant discharged for criticizing Obama on Facebook.
He will rule as a judge based not on his personal views, but on the law, Kreep said. He prevailed in an upset over Garland Peed, a veteran prosecutor. Kreep was rated as “lacking qualifications” by the local county bar association (see Gavel Grab report on the election contest).
A factor in Kreep’s victory likely was the impact of a 2010 movement by the Better Courts Now group, according to the news article. The group worked to unify the “moral vote” and install like-minded judges (see Gavel Grab) but did not see anybody on its slate win in 2010. Yet the group energized conservative Christian voters, and Kreep appealed to them in his campaign.