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Christian lawyers lose bids to be judges

Associated Press / June 10, 2010

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SAN DIEGO — Four Christian lawyers who vowed to be God’s ambassadors on the bench have lost their bids to oust four San Diego Superior Court judges.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting early yesterday, incumbent judges Lantz Lewis, Joel Wohlfeil, Robert Longstreth, and DeAnn Salcido handily beat the conservative attorneys.

Craig Candelore, Larry “Jake’’ Kincaid, Bill Trask, and Harold J. Coleman Jr. garnered no more than 35 to 40 percent of each race’s vote. They were backed by pastors, gun enthusiasts, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages.

Critics said the campaign aimed to pack courts with judges who adhere to a religious agenda, threatening both the impartiality of the court system and the separation of church and state.

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