Archive for May, 2011

San Diego Welcomes Judge Vaughn Walker

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Tonight San Diego welcomes Judge Vaughn Walker. The personal attacks against him continue to my dismay but not my surprise. The current flavor suggests that he was disqualified from deciding the marriage case because of his orientation. The argument is legally preposterous and unfounded. Taken to its logical conclusion, all judges who are heterosexual would have to recuse themselves from deciding straight marital dissolutions; all judges who are women would have to recuse themselves from deciding sexual harassment or discrimination cases involving women and all judges who are people of color would have to recuse themselves from cases involving race discrimination. Judge Walker deserves a warm San Diego welcome, one that reaffirms his abilities as a judicial officer and rejects these desperate claims in a losing proposition.