Effort to Recall Trial Judge Fails in Southern California

Organizers of an effort to recall a southern California judge, whose sentencing of a pedophile stirred controversy, failed to collect the required number of signatures by Dec. 31 to get the recall onto a ballot in June.

The Orange County Register reported that not enough signatures were gathered in the effort to recall Superior Court Judge Marc Kelly. He had criticized the recall petition as “an attack on judicial independence” (see Gavel Grab).

The judge said in a statement earlier this year:

“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not to appease politicians. A judge who doesn’t follow the Constitution today won’t follow it tomorrow when your rights are at stake.

“Don’t let politicians intimidate judges. Keep politics out of courtrooms.”