Bay Area Dems defend 4 GOP-appointed judges facing challengers in next election

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Four Bay Area elected officials, all Democrats, are speaking out against a campaign by San Francisco public defenders to unseat Republican-appointed judges in this year’s elections. “I was surprised at this unprecedented move,” Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, said Tuesday about last week’s announcement of the campaign by four deputy public defenders. Expressing concern about the “politicization of the bench,” Chiu said the four Superior Court judges — Curtis Karnow, Cynthia Ming-mei Lee, Andrew Cheng and Jeffrey Ross — are models of “integrity, competence and compass...

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