San Bernardino Community Unites to Elect James Hosking - Challenging Controversial Judge Lemkau for Superior Court Judge

Jun 04, 2010, 17:32 ET from Committee to Elect James Hosking

In one of the nation's most emotionally charged judicial elections, San Bernardino deputy district attorney James Hosking continues to receive an outpouring of support through votes, endorsements and financial contributions from the local community and beyond.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  After presenting written evidence outlining prior domestic abuse and detailed death threats to her 9-month-old son, on January 21 Katie Tagle petitioned Judge Robert Lemkau for supervised visitations and an extension of her emergency restraining order against the baby's father, Steven Garcia.

Limiting Tagle to a 5-minute court hearing, not only did Lemkau deny Tagle's requests, but accused her of "lying" multiple times.  Lemkau then threatened Tagle with "adverse consequences" if she tried to go back to court, and ordered her to give Baby Wyatt to Garcia immediately.  Ten days later, Garcia turned a 9mm pistol on Baby Wyatt and then killed himself.  Read the court transcript.

Today, Judge Lemkau continues to defend his decision, and does not "feel guilty" for Baby Wyatt's death, which has outraged the local community.

"James Hosking is more than qualified to become a Superior Court Judge," said Michael Ramos, district attorney of San Bernardino County.

Based on the candidates Judicial Index Average and Experience,  rated Hosking 8 out of 10.   Lemkau received a rating of 3.5 out of 10 - among the lowest of the 80 judicial candidates rated in California.  Additionally, on  Hosking received "Two Thumbs Up" and Lemkau received "No Thumbs Up."

"This highly publicized and emotionally charged judicial race has quickly become the poster child for voters who demand accountability and are choosing to remove incumbents," said grieving mother Katie Tagle.  "My family and I are honored to stand behind James Hosking as our choice for San Bernardino Superior Court Judge.  A vote for Hosking is a vote for the safety of our children and true justice."

A highly educated, well qualified and popular candidate, Hosking has received numerous endorsements from prominent media outlets, law enforcement agencies, deputy district attorneys, and private citizens, including but not limited to:

The John & Ken Show – KFI AM 640 /  KFI 640AM Voter Guide

Dr. Phil McGraw of The Dr. Phil Show

The Republican Party of San Bernardino County

The San Bernardino County Sun Newspaper

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Newspaper

Crestline-Courier News/Mountain News

The Peace Officer Research Association of California (P.O.R.A.C.)

San Bernardino Police Officers' Association (S.B.P.O.A.)

San Bernardino School Police Officers' Association (S.B.S.P.O.A.)

Safety Employee Benefit Association (S.E.B.A.)

Barstow Police Officers' Association (B.P.O.A.)

Fontana Police Officers' Association (F.P.O.A.)

Ontario Police Officers' Association (O.P.O.A.)

San Bernardino Public Employees' Association (S.B.P.E.A.)

Vote James Hosking for San Bernardino Superior Court Judge in the June 8, 2010 election.  It is time for a positive change towards accountability and respect.

SOURCE Committee to Elect James Hosking