Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Governor Schwarzenegger appoints lawyer involved in the Prop 8 case to judgeship

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today tapped a state lawyer ridiculed for his performance during a hearing on California’s ban against same-sex marriage to a judicial seat.

He appointed Christopher Krueger, 45, of Sacramento, to the Sacramento County Superior Court to fill a vacancy. Krueger, (pictured at right) is a Democrat and will earn $178,789.

He has been serving as the governor’s chief deputy legal affairs secretary since 2009. Previously, he worked for the California Attorney General’s Office as a senior assistant attorney general from 2007 to 2009.

He represented Attorney General Jerry Brown during the state lawsuit filed against the same-sex marriage ban, known as Proposition 8. Brown had taken the position that the anti-gay, voter-approved measure was unconstitutional and should be struck down.

It was Krueger’s job to make that argument before the state Supreme Court. But his performance was widely paned by legal observers. A reporter for the Orange County Register wrote that he “has to rank as the day’s worst speaker so far.”

The court, of course, rejected the Attorney General’s argument and ruled that voters had the right to pass Prop 8. The matter is now before the federal courts, with antigay groups appealing a lower court ruling that Prop 8 violated the U.S. Constitution.

Krueger earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is one of many judicial appointments Schwarzenegger has been making before he leaves office January 3.

— Matthew S. Bajko, December 16, 2010 @ 5:00 pm PST
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