Published Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 | 8:44 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 | 12:27 a.m.
Donald Mosley, who faced what appeared to be one of the toughest re-election bids among district court judges, retained his bench Tuesday night. For now.
Mosley won Tuesday’s primary election with 47.3 percent of the vote. Challenger Chris Davis (27.6 percent) came in second and Laurie Diefenchbach (25.1 percent) was third. Davis will face Mosley in November. In all judicial races, the top two vote-getters face off in the November general election.
Mosley is one of the better-known judges valley-wide and one of the more controversial. His ethics have occasionally been questioned by observers, which partially prompted a 2006 series in the Los Angeles Times that examined the behavior of our valley’s judges.
The Times reported that Mosley in 1990 gave $10,000 in campaign funds to his then-girlfriend, a transaction he labeled a “brief loan.” But the girlfriend told the Times it was a gift. Mosley clarified that the money was restored to his campaign fund, but the Times reported that his ex-girlfriend said she never repaid it.
Earlier this year, the Sun reported that Mosley opted against recusing himself from a case involving a politician who was alleged to have misused campaign funds.
Mosley has said the public “absolutely” does not perceive him as biased in the case.