Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hate Group Leader To Serve As CA Judge


Courtesy Southern Poverty Law Center



Gary Kreep, a longtime antigovernment activist, “birther” and hate group leader who uses anti-Obama rhetoric as a proxy for anti-Muslim hate, has emerged victorious in a tight race for a seat on San Diego’s Superior Court, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Kreep, who received the San Diego County Bar Association’s lowest rating of “lacking qualifications,” beat opponent Garland Peed, a deputy district attorney of 27 years who received the county bar association’s highest rating and who was supported by local police unions and sitting judges.

The San Diego Superior Court is part of the state’s trial court system, which handles a wide variety of cases, including civil lawsuits and felony criminal cases. Kreep will serve a six-year term and earn an annual salary of $178,789.

Discussing his surprise victory with the Tribune, Kreep said, “I think the government’s increasingly being seen as the enemy. And the idea that we were going to have more government lawyers become judges is something that resonated with people.”

Kreep, who in recent years has received national attention for filing numerous “birther” lawsuits claiming baselessly that President Obama is constitutionally ineligible for office because he is supposedly not a U.S. citizen, is no government lawyer.

He is, however, founder and head the United States Justice Foundation (USJF), an anti-Muslim hate group that insists Muslim terrorists, with Obama’s help, are engaged in a campaign to destroy the U.S. Constitution and establish a government based on Islamic Shariah law.

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