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California State Government November 5, 2002 Election
California State Supreme Court Voter Information

One Chief Justice and six associate justices are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The appointments are confirmed by the public at the next general election; justices also come before voters at the end of their 12-year terms. Vote "Yes" to confirm each of the following justices; vote "No" to oppose confirmation.

Results as of Nov 14 11:14am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24726/24726)
Candidates (Vote Yes or No for Each)
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Kathryn M. Werdegar
3,625,156 / 74.1% Yes votes ...... 1,269,615 / 25.9% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
  • Justice, First District Court of Appeal, San Francisco
  • United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Director, Criminal Law Division, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Associate Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Senior Staff Attorney, California Supreme Court and California Court of Appeal
  • Law degrees, University of California School of Law and George Washington University School of Law (graduated first in class)
  • To decide cases fairly and without bias
  • To treat all persons in our courts with courtesy and respect
  • To follow and uphold the rule of law
Carlos R. Moreno
3,552,601 / 72.6% Yes votes ...... 1,344,052 / 27.4% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California, since 2001
  • United States District Judge, Central District of California, 1998-2001
  • Judge of the Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, 1993-1998
  • Judge of the Municipal Court, Compton Judicial District, 1986-1993
  • Private law practice, Los Angeles, 1979-1986
  • Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney, 1975-1979
  • Graduate of Stanford Law School, J.D., and Yale College, B.A. - Political Science
  • Maintain a fair, impartial and independent judiciary
  • Ensure due process for all litigants
  • Improve access to justice in the judicial system
Marvin R. Baxter
3,381,682 / 71.5% Yes votes ...... 1,347,594 / 28.5% No votes

  • Occupation: Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California, since 1991
  • Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, 1988 - 1991
  • Judicial and Executive Appointments Secretary for Governor Deukmejian, Sacramento, 1983 - 1988
  • Private law practice, Fresno, 1968 - 1983
  • Fresno County Deputy District Attorney, 1966 - 1968
  • Graduate of Hastings College of the Law, J.D., Coro Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs, and California State University, Fresno, B.A. - Economics
  • Maintain a fair, impartial and independent judiciary
  • Treat all people before the Court with utmost respect
  • Improve the efficient operation of the Court to fulfill the public's trust

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