Judge Jim Gray reportedly running for Libertarian National Committee At Large Representative

In comments on a previous post, California Libertarian Party Southern Vice Chair Michael Seebeck writes

Judge Gray is running for LNC At-Large…It was rumored (single-source) during the week when I heard it, so I sat on it until I got separate confirmation yesterday at the LPCA Executive Committee meeting.

According to wikipedia,

James “Jim” P. Gray (born February 14, 1945) is an American jurist. He was the presiding judge of the Superior Court of Orange County, California. Gray was the Libertarian Party of California candidate for the U.S. Senator from California in the 2004 election. He is also the author of the 2001 book Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It.

Raised in the Los Angeles, California area, Gray earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1966, after which he taught in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. Gray returned to California and earned a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 1971. From 1972 through 1975, he practiced law with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy in Guam and California.

After five years in private practice, Gray was named to the Santa Ana Municipal Court in 1983 and then to the Orange County Superior Court in 1989. Much of Gray’s legal career has dealt with drug-related issues.

Gray, previously a Republican, joined the Libertarian Party and, in November 2003, declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Barbara Boxer. He was a keynote speaker at the 2004 Libertarian National Convention.

In March 2004, Gray defeated former Libertarian Party of California chair Gail Lightfoot in a statewide primary for the party’s nomination. Gray suspended his judicial activities while running for the Senate, against incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and Republican Bill Jones. Gray received 216,522 votes, 1.8% of the total vote, finishing behind Boxer, Jones, and Peace and Freedom Party candidate Marsha Feinland. Gray picked up a newspaper endorsement – rare for a third-party candidate – from the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Gray is featured in the 2007 documentary American Drug War: The Last White Hope. Gray currently resides in Newport Beach, California, is married, and has four children.

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He wrote Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It – A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs (2001) about the War on Drugs and has argued for legalization of marijuana.

Judge Gray is an outspoken critic of drug laws, especially in the state of California. He has released a video on behalf of the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 campaign in which he asserts that violent criminals are receiving light sentences and early release due to the costs and infrastructure demands required to convict and house non violent criminals.

24 thoughts on “Judge Jim Gray reportedly running for Libertarian National Committee At Large Representative

  1. Trent Hill

    That’s a pretty big deal.

    LibertarianBlue, I’d say Justice Richard B. Sanders from Washington is the West Coast version of Judge Napolitano.

    but Gray is awesome.

  2. David F. Nolan

    As a declared LNC at-large candidate myself, I’d be delighted to see Jim Gray on the next LNC. I would also like to see J.J. Myers as an at-large rep, if he is unsuccessful in his bid to become LNC Chair.

  3. John Jay Myers

    Of course I whole heartedly endorse David Nolan & Pat Dixon for at large.
    Judge Jim Gray would be a fantastic catch.
    Sounds like the makings of a great at large slate!
    I am starting to get a great feeling about our future.
    (Whether I am on there or not)

  4. paulie Post author

    David Nolan

    As a declared LNC at-large candidate myself, I’d be delighted to see Jim Gray on the next LNC. I would also like to see J.J. Myers as an at-large rep, if he is unsuccessful in his bid to become LNC Chair.

    I agree.

  5. Trent Hill

    I’d suggest people vote for Gray. He’s indicated both his ability to catch media, expand the party, and stay principled–the perfect hybrid of Reform and Radical values.

  6. Gene Berkman

    I am glad to see Judge Jim Gray get more involved in The Libertarian Party. He is currently probably the most prominent public figure involved in the campaign for the initiative to legalize & regulate marijuana in California.

    The Libertarian Party of California has endorsed the initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana.

  7. Observation

    I thought that about Judge Gray, also, that he’s be a good presidential candidate. I wonder if he’s interested?

  8. Gene Berkman

    Some of us in California would like to see Judge Gray run for statewide office, or for Congress or state Senate, where he would be taken more seriously and get a better percentage than in a Presidential race.

    He received almost 217,000 votes for US Senate in 2004. Nationally, that year, Mike Badnarik received about 400,000 – so Judge Gray clearly did better on a percentage basis.

  9. Gene Berkman

    Michael Badnarik received about 50,000 votes for President in California. His campaign was nearly invisible in California.

    Judge Gray was endorsed for U.S. Senate by the Long Beach Press Telegram, and received some media coverage.

  10. Michael Seebeck

    While I think Judge Gray would make an excellent candidate for any federal office, as he has shown in his 2004 US Senate race against Barbie Boxhead, I don’t think that’s in the cards right now. I won’t begin to presume to speak for him or know what he’s thinking, and that’s only my impression. So’s this: from what I’ve seen of him, his bench experience is what he brings as his greatest asset to the LNC, not necessarily as a referee per se, but as one who can look beyond the personalities into the meat of the matter and work out what’s best for the LNC to move forward.

    I don’t really see him as in any factional camp either, which is fine.

    I truly believe Judge Gray will be a great asset to the LNC.

  11. Spin, spin, spin, spin .......... Lake

    Trent Hill // May 16, 2010:
    “….. people vote for Gray. He’s indicated both his ability to catch media, expand the party, and stay principled–the perfect hybrid of Reform and Radical values …….”

    {There ya go again. Mister Hill this is INDEPENDENT Political Report not Libertarian Political Report.

    Why do you insist on the Cody Banks Quirk style of dishonesty ?????

    You imply that this is a Lib site ????????

    You could not take a moment to expound on the LIBERTARIAN Reform values —- knowing that Gray was endorsed by the Reform PARTY of California in 2004 ???????}

  12. Rachel Hawkridge

    Trent Hill // May 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    That’s a pretty big deal.

    LibertarianBlue, I’d say Justice Richard B. Sanders from Washington is the West Coast version of Judge Napolitano.

    but Gray is awesome.
    ___________________________

    Trent –

    You ROCK! You know Richard Sanders? :o)

  13. Trent Hill

    “Why do you insist on the Cody Banks Quirk style of dishonesty ?????

    You imply that this is a Lib site ????????”

    I did no such thing. I just spoke in the comments about what I thought about Judge Jim Gray. I often do the same in regards to other parties’ politicians, like McKinney, Baldwin, or Cahill.

  14. paulie Post author

    Trent, Lake’s problem is that you used the term Reform on a Libertarian Party post without saying “Libertarian Reform,” thus, he thinks, leading someone reading to be confused and think you meant Reform Party.

    Yeah, I know…

  15. Trent Hill

    “You ROCK! You know Richard Sanders? 😮 )”

    I know OF Judge Sanders, though I don’t know him. It is a shame that this man does not have a higher profile amongst libertarians and constitutionalists nationwide–he is a hardcore libertarian serving in a statewide office.

    And he’s no lapdog.
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008435605_websanders25m.html

    I’m of the mind that the Ron Paul people (and Libertarians) ought to be courting this guy to make a more public name for himself. Getting on Stossel, FreedomWatch, Antiwar Radio, getting interviewed in the American Conservative/Reason/Young American Revolution, going to a Campaign for Liberty regional conference–all of these could help boost his profile.

  16. Trent Hill

    “Trent, Lake’s problem is that you used the term Reform on a Libertarian Party post without saying “Libertarian Reform,” thus, he thinks, leading someone reading to be confused and think you meant Reform Party. ”

    Thank you for interpreting. I often have trouble with Lake’s overuse of the comma and ellipses–as well as hit total lack of syntax.

    To Lake: Shut up.

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  18. Casey Casseday

    I would love to see Judge Jim Gray endorse an Attorney General candidate this year in California. The example Proposition 19 will set this year is astronomical, the feds won’t be able to ignore us anymore! The same year he did the Drug War: White Hope movie, he did our feature Marijuana Documentary, “The Green Rush.” I’ve been documenting the trials and tribulations of being an outdoor marijuana farmer since 2005. The entire film is available for FREE on HULU.com and features Judge James P. Gray as a major character. It’s because of his guidance and honesty that our drug laws are under such scrutiny . . and yes, he should run against Barbara Boxer again and let those votes take away from her continued attempts. I’m thinking of running in 2012: Casey Casseday Cannabis Party (CCCP).

    Please take a look at our film and see what it’s like to be living in fear of arrest from inside the pot fields of Northern California. We’d love to hear your reviews, blogs, tweets and likes . . or dislikes, however that button works. Go Prop 19!

    Peace,

    Casey Casseday
    Producer, The Green Rush
    http://www.greenrushmovie.com

    HULU embed:
    http://www.hulu.com/the-green-rush

    YouTube Channel: (Judge Gray bonus footage)
    http://www.youtube.com/user/greenrushmovie

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