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Judicial candidate's racial separatist past exposed

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It just goes to show what can happen if you don't pay attention to judicial elections. Los Angeles voters could unwittingly end up electing white separatist Bill Johnson to the court. Vote-by-mail ballots are available Monday, so it's important for anyone planning to vote anytime soon to first read an April 29 Metropolitan News-Enterprise profile on Johnson. The story by editor Roger Grace exposes the candidate as the author of a proposed constitutional amendment to reserve U.S. citizenship exclusively to white people "of the European race."

Last month The Times endorsed James Bianco for the Los Angeles Superior Court seat, saying that  Bianco was "impressive as a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner and would make an excellent judge." We didn't mention Johnson, his opponent, who ran for Congress in Arizona in 2006 on an anti-immigration platform; we simply focused on the fact that Bianco is the better choice.

I did note in a blog entry the previous month that Johnson helped circulate petitions for Carson minister Ronald C. Tan, whose petition campaign forced six Latino judges to be put on the ballot to face possible write-in opponents (none apparently have stepped forward).

Grace writes that Johnson wrote a 1989 book, under the name James O. Pace, called "Amendment to the Constitution," backing what became known as the Pace Amendment. Here it is, in part:

No person shall be a citizen of the United States unless he is a non-Hispanic white of the European race, in whom there is no ascertainable trace of Negro blood, nor more than one-eighth Mongolian, Asian, Asia Minor, Middle Eastern, Semitic, Near Eastern, American Indian, Malay or other non-European or non-white blood, provided that Hispanic whites, defined as anyone with an Hispanic ancestor, may be citizens if, in addition to meeting the aforesaid ascertainable trace and percentage tests, they are in appearance indistinguishable from Americans whose ancestral home is the British Isles or Northwestern Europe. Only citizens shall have the right and privilege to reside permanently in the United States.

This would likely come as news to Reverend Tan, the Filipino-American minister who got Johnson to circulate petitions to help him oust Latino judges — so Tan could try to get Filipinos elected. Tan earlier claimed not to know that Johnson was active in the Ron Paul for president campaign; here's something else for him to be surprised about.

The MetNews story also notes that Johnson ran for Congress in Wyoming 1989 under the name Daniel Johnson in a special election to replace Dick Cheney, who had been named secretary of defense in the administration of the first President Bush. Times stories from the 1980s connect attorney Daniel Johnson with the League of Pace Amendment Advocates and identify him as the author of the Pace amendment.

So here's a candidate for judge who espoused (and may still support) disenfranchisement and deportation of non-whites, and who ran for Congress from two different states, once under a different name, while maintaining his law practice in Los Angeles.

(Full disclosure: I worked for Grace at the Metropolitan News-Enterprise for 11 years. But I wish I'd gotten this story before he did.)

Could voters elect Johnson? Yes, they could, if they don't learn anything about the candidates. The MetNews story — and, I hope, our link to it — will help voters make wise choices.

And in case there was any doubt, we still support Bianco, now more vociferously than before.

 

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Tony

WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Name Withheld

I am so so disgusted, because I was told that Johnson was a libertarian leaning lawyer who respected the constitution, so I donated $25 to his campaign. Now that I see what he wrote, I am so disgusted that I want to gag, and wish I could take my money back. It is so scary he could have fooled me (and probably so many other people). When I first read the allegation, I thought that maybe it wasn't true, and gave him the benefit of the doubt, but his supporters refuse to deny that he wrote that book on the meetup listserv, and have simply kicked out the person who inquired about it. It is so scary that I could have blindingly voted for him. It is always possible that it isn't true, but they had the chance to clear it up, and they refused, so I can only assume that the man is indeed a loony bigot.

Leigh

I heard that these were false lies about Mr. Johnson, WHO IS THIS GRACE? She is falsely accusing Bill Johnson who is personally friends with many latinos.
This is all false lies about Mr. Johnson. He would make an excellent Judge. He is for the people & this country.

Mr. Alvarado

Anybody who knows Bill knows that he is not a racist.I even know Bill's mother and she ain't a racist either.This is what Bianco is doing with $200,000+ campaign money,he is paying off the media to spead these lies.

Tracey

Mr. Bill Johnson has never written any book of this nature under a bogus name. It's amazing how low down this is and the competitor JAMES BIANCO has become to make up stories about Bill Johnson. James Bianco is not fit to be judge. Bill Johnson is a very honest person and the best person for this job and NOT a racist!

PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES!! THESE ARE LIES BEING TOLD ABOUT BILL JOHNSON. DIRTY POLITICS FROM JAMES BIANCO.

Shea

FIRST A LOOK AT BIANCO, age 44. He was elected by the judges as a commissioner in May, 2005. So far as the members of the bench are concerned, he’s doing a fine job. In fact, his latest performance evaluation, by Criminal Courts Supervising Judge Steven R. Van Sicklen, gives him high marks in all categories and characterizes him as “an outstanding example of an ideal bench officer.”

Yet, Bianco has managed to antagonize both the Office of District Attorney and Office of Public Defender.

Word from the DA’s Office is that Bianco is “one of the worst to run the arraignment court” (which he did for 16 months); is prone to do things the way he wants to do them without regard to what the law says; and “caters to the private bar.” It’s speculated from the prosecutors’ quarters: “He might not fully appreciate how bad his reputation is.”

From the PD’s Office comes the description of Bianco as “immature, very self-centered.” Following what it viewed as a series of missteps by Bianco, that office recently stopped stipulating to his presiding over misdemeanor trials.

To his credit, Bianco wanted to sit down with representatives of the Public Defender’s Office and talk things out. To her discredit, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo, who presides over the misdemeanor master calendar downtown, ruled that out, shifting Bianco to an assignment where he would handle only preliminary hearings.

Bianco expresses a commitment to following the law and remedying whatever problems have led to negative perceptions of him. We have a strong hope, even an instinctive expectation, that there will be adjustments in the approaches he takes.

Ideally, of course, Bianco would not ascend to a judgeship until that clearly had been accomplished. But the reality is that he is a candidate now, and voters must either grant a judgeship to this commissioner who might not yet be quite ready for the higher post…or to a lawyer whose traits are such that he’ll predictably never be fit for it.

On the positive side: Bianco, who was one out of about 170 applicants for a commissionership in 2005, placed number 9 out of the 35 who made it to the eligibility list; he had experience both as a civil practitioner (at the outset of his career) and in the criminal field as a prosecutor for the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office and private defense attorney; and he has been a visible member of the State Bar for more than 20 years. More than 200 judicial officers have endorsed him. He is personable, candid, articulate, and bright.

Van Sicklen dubs him an “ideal bench officer.” He isn’t. But he does have the capacity to develop into one.

Chris

JAMES BIANCO NOT FIT TO BE JUDGE!! VERY GREEN MAN AND DOES NOT ABIDE BY THE LAW!!

Emilee

I know Bill Johnson personally and he is “NOT” a racist period. Those who know him well know he treat everyone the same. This is outrage! By the way I'm a Chinese American and Bill was kind enough to lend his place for us to make banners and meetup. You who accuse should think twice!

Amy

So it's all entirely made up?

Is this your William Daniel Johnson? A Mormon xenophobic democrat running for Congress in Arizona?
http://arizona.typepad.com/blog/2006/06/who_is_william_.html

While I see some similarities to Paul on some domestic and foreign issues, are you so sure your "Republican" isn't a hint socialist? Here, he says "Bill Johnson intends to give serious consideration to a universal health care system similar to the Massachusetts State example of mandatory health coverage. This plan would require all persons to procure and maintain health coverage either through their employers or as an individual. No subsidies or coverage would be available to illegal immigrants."

There's plenty of socialist policies, and not even the "nice" ones. He wants the retired to get back to work, reduce their social security, among other things: http://web.archive.org/web/20060813131502/www.gobilljohnson.com/issues.htm

Here's an article from when he was running: http://arizona.typepad.com/blog/2006/06/who_is_william_.html

So, all of these things are not that bad, but here's where it gets really sketchy.

The first is a blog, so, could be BS.
http://www.prometheus6.org/node/20806

Here's the question now, is the guy in this video talking about your William Daniel Johnson? (Mentioned around minute 8): http://video.aol.com/video-detail/race-and-reason-welcomes-jessie-johnson-3-of-3/1330838410

It certainly sounds like it. Mormon, the name, age, Harvard lawyer.

If that video is referencing your Bill Johnson, then Bill's had a lot to do with http://www.resist.com/

Ask the tough questions people. You deserve the truth, even if it proves me wrong, proves you wrong or is something entirely different.

Amy

So it's all entirely made up?

Is this your William Daniel Johnson? A Mormon xenophobic democrat running for Congress in Arizona?


While I see some similarities to Paul on some domestic and foreign issues, are you so sure your "Republican" isn't a hint socialist? Here, he says "Bill Johnson intends to give serious consideration to a universal health care system similar to the Massachusetts State example of mandatory health coverage. This plan would require all persons to procure and maintain health coverage either through their employers or as an individual. No subsidies or coverage would be available to illegal immigrants."

There's plenty of socialist policies, and not even the "nice" ones. He wants the retired to get back to work, reduce their social security, among other things.

Here's an article from when he was running.

So, all of these things are not that bad, but here's where it gets really sketchy.

The first is a blog, so, could be BS.
http://www.prometheus6.org/node/20806

Here's the question now, is the guy in this video talking about your William Daniel Johnson? (Mentioned around minute 8): http://video.aol.com/video-detail/race-and-reason-welcomes-jessie-johnson-3-of-3/1330838410

It certainly sounds like it. Mormon, the name, age, Harvard lawyer.

If that video is referencing your Bill Johnson, then Bill's had a lot to do with http://www.resist.com/

Ask the tough questions people. You deserve the truth, even if it proves me wrong, proves you wrong or is something entirely different.

Tracey

How could Bill be racist??? He is part Japanese!!! YOU PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP THESE LIES BETTER GET YOUR FACTS STREIGHT.

BILL JOHNSON IS PART JAPANESE! NOT RACIST! LOOKS WHITE BUT PART JAPANESE!

What?

Bill is part Japanese? He's Mormon for the latter day's saint's sake!

Teresa

Boy, it sure is easy to call someone a racist these days, isn't it? Just ask Ron Paul! Coinki-dink? I think not.

Personally I am disgusted, albeit not at all surprised by this uncalled for accusation. It's well known that Bill Johnson has opened up his home to complete strangers (of all races, mind you) for the Ron Paul meetups. He has selflessly given to a cause he clearly stands behind. Hopefully he can continue to do so, by restoring the constituion and our freedoms through justice in our legal system.

As for the people who got kicked out of the meetup, if I am correct that was done not because they raised questions, but because it became evident to us that they had slanderous intentions once one of our members diligently traced their tracks. On the contrary, a meetup like ours supports free speech and I am sure Bill would be delighted to clear up any questions any of you might have. The bottom line is that we are interested in uniting for this cause, rather than dividing ourselves over a gross misunderstanding.

I am very much against categorizing people, but in this case I might mention that I am Vietnamese American. I've been to the Johnson ranch on several occasions, and I can tell you that I've never seen Bill sporting a pointy white hood or burning crosses in his backyard. Didn't mother tell you not to believe everything you hear?

We also don't expect the media to be on our side, though we would welcome any UNBIASED reports. To all the Bill Johnson supporters, stay strong and keep fighting!!!!

Teresa

Ken

It's clear that nothing will persuade the Paulites/Johnsonites that there's something wrong with their guy. Yet the MetNews article cites multiple instances in which the Pace/Johnson connection has been made and in which Johnson or his spokespeople have admitted that he wrote as James O. Pace.

It's possible that he's changed his mind about race. But the 1980s weren't that long ago. And he was an adult. He's running for a position where he will be charged with treating everyone equally under the law regardless of race. I don't see how anyone could assume that he would. I know that I'd disqualify him in a second if one of my clients got assigned to him.

Whether or not his supporters believe the evidence, his past friends do -- Google shows that a number of white supremacist sites a crowing over his candidacy.

mudslinger3

@ Ken
sir, You committ the same sin as the Paces by lumping all Paulites/Johnsonites into one. Collectivism of any form is the antithesis of Pauliticians' belief. May I remind you that it was a RP supporter that raised these questions in his meetup.

The most solid piece of info is Johnson's platform of congressional run in Arizona 06 - end the Iraq war, secure boarder, deport boarder-hoppers, less taxes... which would not come as a surprise that he joint the Paul camp. However, media quickly slam both RP and BJ as anti-immigrant. Can one not distinguish between making love and rape?

The rest of his past sounds very explosive, but without much concrete evidences - lots of he-says, she-says... It should be treated with much more professional respect. I hope its purpose is to seek facts and truth, and not just try to get Mr. Bianco elected.

Being an avid RP supporter, I met Bill Johnson's family numerous occasions, while am not blond, blue and six-feet, nothing has given me any indication of discrimation.
Johnson has earned my benefit of a doubt in my book. This is certainly not the end of it, justice and truth will prevail.

Cindy

"What" said: "Bill is part Japanese? He's Mormon for the latter day's saint's sake!"

What does being LDS/Mormon have to do with being Japanese? The LDS church has 298 congregations in Japan, and many Japanese-American members here in the US. I am a (white) member of the LDS church, and my husband is Korean-American. I have many Japanese-American friends in the church, as well as many other nationalities and ethnicities. "He's Mormon" is nothing close to a refutation of the fact that a person is Japanese (or part Japanese).

For the record, I think it is self-evident that writing a book supporting the "Pace Ammendment," as quoted above, is an act so vile, so nauseating, so unspeakably horrible, that it should absolutely exclude someone from public office. I am physically ill right now having just read that quote. That a person could ever in his adult life, even a couple decades ago, have advocated for deporting my husband and children leaves me more disturbed than I can express in polite language. Also, running for congress in two different states, under two different names, doesn't exactly inspire confidence either.

Mike

I'm sorry but america was founded on the principle of idealogical freedom, so past beliefs mean nothing, and the fact that this kind of personal attack is carried out here shows that the persons authoring such marxist rhetoric about Bill Johnson are enemies of america.

what will these persons who support bianco simply because of his hispanic heritage (and possibly their own affiliations with the marxist organizations known as MECHA / LA RAZA which promote hispanic supremacy) think of next, rounding up people who believe or used to believe in christianity, simply because there are people who interpret the bible in a racist manner?

Beyond that I do not wish to comment as the LA times has an internet commentary policy which places my words under their copyright, which is a loathsome and unamerican concept.

James Morris

I have visited Bill Johnson's home several times for Ron Paul meetups and have witnessed various ethnicities in attendance to include Asian Americans and African Americans as well who were welcomed warmly as well. To put forth this racist accusation against him is completely unfounded from my experience and seems to be a smear associated with the aspiration (and dirty political campaign) of someone else who is running against Bill for the judgeship.

PS: We are about to attack Iran next for Israel as we better wake up to such before it is too late to:

http://NEOCONZIONISTTHREAT.BLOGSPOT.COM

EL

I don't normally post comments, but I feel compelled to do so today. I am a Ron Paul supporter and meetup organizer. I met Bill Johnson about a year ago and have known him to be a sincere caring individual. I have been to his house on many occasions where he welcomed people in of all races with open arms. I was devastated when I read the story about his past. At first I thought there must be some mistake; this can't be the Bill Johnson I know. But after a little research, it became clear that Bill did have a past that neither I nor any of his supporters knew about. Many of Bill's supporters were too quick on the blogs to deny that Bill had done any of these things and then making false statements about the writers. This was flat out wrong for them to do. A few of his supporters had others, who wanted answers to the allegations, removed from the meetups. This also was wrong. I am not defending those few supporters, but to put some perspective on it, I believe that after watching a year of false accusations against Ron Paul by the media and the Republican Party, they most likely felt it was happening again, this time against Bill Johnson.

As a RP meetup organizer I have always allowed free exchange of thoughts and ideas on the meetup. And this is exactly the philosophy of Ron Paul -- openness. It is unfortunate that the Bill Johnson Meetup was not handled as such. Please do not assume that because of the actions and postings of a few Bill Johnson supporters that it in anyway represents how other Ron Paul and meetup members feel. I believe these few are misguided and too quick to defend Bill without first asking "could this be true?" What I have read here and at other blogs is that others are now judging Ron Paul and his supporters by the actions of a few. Please do not fall into the same category of judging too quickly.

As far as Bill Johnson is concerned he has admitted that for the most part the story written about his past is true. He sent a response to the LA Times with his admission, but I have yet to find it posted. The exception to the story he takes is that most of it took place 25 years ago and his views have changed over time and he no longer holds those racist views. I personally believe people can change over time and from what I have seen from Bill this seems to be the case. What I have a problem with is that he jeopardized the Ron Paul campaign and movement, and allowed his supporters to be subjected to scrutiny, by not being forthcoming about his past.

I again ask, please do not judge Ron Paul or his supporters by the actions of a few or the racist past of another. I'm sure if you wanted to dig into the pasts of supporters of ANY candidate you will find more than enough to make you sick.

nanorich

Choreographed postings by Ron Paul crazies.


They are worse liars than Scientologists.

And they don't even have the brains to ask what Paul did with their money...because he sure didn't spend it on his campaign.

moustacheswild

anyone think its ironic that some one defending this douchebag as not racist will in the same post link to an anti-semitic site? ummm.... helloooooooo????!?!?! what year is this? all you bigots should get over yourselves and stop blaming your problems on everyone else.

bsb150

Ron Paul has taken Johnson off his list of endorsements-

http://www.metnews.com/articles/2008/john050808.htm

Org

The 2 idiots who keep trying to defend Bill Johnson under different names need to get a life.

A.

Once a racist - always a racist.

Racism doesn't disappear that quickly.

MC

Racist or not is beside the point to me right now.

I have a hard time voting for anyone who is not willing to give any information on themselves, their qualifications for the position they are running for, nor just a basic statement of why they are really running. Why would I vote for some one that I cannot find any information on, other than the possible connection to (if not the same person as) Daniel Johnson (aka William Daniel Johnson, aka James O. Pace)?

The website for Bill Johnson (www.billjohnsonforjudge.com) alone should give every voter pause, it is not even setup. In this day and age of the electronic foot print, Bill Johnson has left little to none in reference to his campaign for Superior Court Judge. The only thing I can find from his “campaign” is the cryptic responses submitted to The League of Women Voters (http://smartvoter.org/2008/06/03/ca/la/vote/johnson_b/questions.html). Just because you have worked as a corporate lawyer for 27 years, have been married for 25 years with 5 kids, and some people consider you a “nice guy” and “urged” you to go for it, sorry to inform you that as far as I’m concerned this does not qualify you to serve as a Superior Court Judge presiding over life and death matters in my book.

Even if James Bianco is “arrogant” and “impatient”, he has at least been in the courtroom working with and among the judges he is aspiring to be. He has also been available to speak to, unlike Mr. Johnson. In my book that gives Mr. Bianco major points.

Peace & Love Y’all!

Samantha

Who won this election?

Election results

Bianco won with 74% of the vote: results from CBS News

NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

The criminals fear Dr Ron for good reason.


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