Judge DeAnn Salcido filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Superior Court Presiding Judge, her boss, and the rest of the San Diego bench (the rest of the judges) in an unprecedented and bizarre move apparently aimed at gaining the attention of voters in her upcoming election.
Although she claims she filed the lawsuit to keep her colleagues from harassing her into accepting plea agreements that she says violate state law, there is no doubt that the great majority of the legal community views her lawsuit as frivolous. At a press conference, she singled out her boss, the Honorable Judge Peter Deddeh for special criticism for his role in accepting a plea agreement that gave sex offender John Gardner a shorter term than the maximum allowed by law.
After his release, Gardner become a murderer in the sensational and shocking killings of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. The criticism of Judge Deddeh, however, is especially unwarranted given the benefit of hindsight. Judge Deddeh is respected among his colleagues, the prosecution and the criminal defense bar. He is not viewed as a judge who hands out lenient sentences. Judge Salcido, on the other hand, is thought by many to lack the qualifications necessary to fairly administer justice.