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Tuesday June 7, 2022 — California Primary Election

Tribunal Superior de California, Condado de San DiegoCandidato para Juez, Cargo 36

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Pete Murray

Criminal Trial Prosecutor
229,805 votos (34.1%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Help clear the current backload of court cases.
  • Steadfast adherence to the rule of law without prejudice or bias.
  • Rule with integrity and independence while always treating every individual with respect.



Profesión:Criminal Trial Prosecutor
Chief Trial Counsel, Cage & Miles, LLP (2022–current)
Deputy Attorney General, California Office of the Attorney General — Cargo designado (2011–2021)
Member and Chairman, City of Poway, Budget Review Committee — Cargo designado (2013–2018)
Member, City of Poway, Redevelopment and Housing Advisory Commission — Cargo designado (2009–2012)
Owner/Proprietor, Law Offices of Peter F. Murray (2003–2011)
Member, Vice-Chairman, Poway Valley Senior Center Corporation — Cargo designado (2004–2009)
Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney's Office — Cargo designado (1992–2003)
Associate, Sheppard Mullin, LLC (1990–1992)
U.S. Naval Officer and Aviator, United States Navy (1980–1988)
Senior Anaylst, Analysis & Technology (1986–1987)


Duke University School of Law Juris Doctorate (J.D.), law (1990)
Duke University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), management science (1980)

Actividades comunitarias

Lifetime Member, U.S. Naval Helicopter Association (2019–current)
Member/Post Judge Advocate, American Legion (2018–current)
Volunteer Coach/Manager, Poway Youth Basketball League (2005–2016)
Volunteer Coach/Manager, Poway Little League (2003–2015)


2022-Present:        Chief Trial Counsel, Cage & Miles, LLP


Senior Counsel overseeing the firm’s case strategy and preparation for trial, motion, and other in-court proceedings while training and mentoring the firm’s lawyers in all aspects of court presentation; working with the firm’s named partners in developing new areas of practice, including the civil prosecution of Elder Abuse matters, healthcare entity representation and professional licensing defense


2011- 2022:           California Deputy Attorney General


State-wide Prosecutor handling the vertical prosecution of both civil and criminal matters (from case investigation to review/issuance through jury trial/sentencing and appeal) of major felony healthcare and financial fraud cases as well as matters involving the abuse of elders/dependent adults


-       responsibility for upwards of an 80-matter caseload across multiple jurisdictions;

-       responsible for the case supervision of up to 5 investigative teams;

-       work extensively with multi-agency teams in complex healthcare fraud investigations;

-       prosecuted more cases through jury trial and verdict in the last 3 years than has been conducted by my Bureau in the last 5 years combined;

-       handled multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional civil Qui Tam actions involving joint prosecutions with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and numerous State Attorneys General;

-       provide advisory input to my state-wide Bureau on various legal policies including:  the use of an investigative Criminal Grand Jury, criminal issuing guidelines, plea set-asides, search warrant preparation, and the analysis & re-drafting of pending legislative efforts in healthcare fraud.


2003 - 2011:          Principal, Law Offices of Peter F. Murray


Private practitioner focused on the representation of peace officers/other government employees both in administrative/civil and criminal proceedings; as well as general criminal defense primarily in the area of “White Collar”/Financial crimes, in both the State and Federal courts.  Representative case work:


-       the defense of numerous federal and state law enforcement agents facing criminal and civil liability for on-the-job violations - took one such case up on Appeal resulting in a published appellate decision and filed a subsequent Petition for Review to the Cal. Supreme Court;

-       the defense of a college administrator in a high-profile six-week jury trial consisting of numerous white-collar crime and Government Conflict-of-Interest allegations – successful in dramatically reducing Client’s custodial exposure over the D.A.’s opposition; brought the case up on appeal to the Fourth District Court of Appeal;

-       the defense of a healthcare professional in a twelve-defendant felony Indictment based on 17,000 pages of discovery brought by the state Attorney General’s office – co-authored and argued the successful Motion to Dismiss the Indictment;

-       the successful representation of a California county department in the prosecution of civil financial elder abuse cases litigated in the Probate Court, included litigation in Federal Bankruptcy Court;

-       represented multiple Clients in federal asset forfeiture matters – successfully negotiated the return of assets;

-       represented a Client charged with an Insurance Fraud scheme – negotiated a resolution wherein the case was eventually Dismissed by the State;

-       the successful representation of multiple management/financial professionals in a large civil fraud action stemming from the operation of a Building Industry trade group;

-       handled deal negotiations for multiple small business entities, including a professional sports agency.


1992 - 2003:          San Diego Deputy District Attorney


Prosecuted over 75 cases through jury trial and verdict, conducted over 100 preliminary examinations, prosecuted over 30 cases through bench trial, presented cases to the Grand Jury; handled cases throughout the spectrum of criminal law: crimes of violence (including Murder and Manslaughter), theft (including Embezzlement and Conspiracy to Commit Extortion), fraud (including Insurance and Investment Frauds), Tax Evasion, Sale of Narcotics, and sexual abuse.  Worked in every branch of the office, including Juvenile Division.



1990 - 1992:          Associate Attorney,

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, San Diego



1980 - 1988:          U.S. Naval Officer and Aviator

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de Source: League of Women Voters of San Diego and League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (1)

Do you label yourself "tough on crime" and, if so, what does that mean to you? Should convicted criminals always get the maximum sentence? Should a judge always go along with the sentence requested by a prosecutor?
Respuesta de Pete Murray:

I eschew labels and am concerned that phrases like "tough on crime" have become more of a political slogan than representative of anything substantive about a candidate.  As a 20+ year Criminal Trial Prosecutor, both as a San Diego Deputy District Attorney AND a Cal. Deputy Attorney General, with over 100 criminal trials under my belt, my record fighting against crime and for crime victims is indisputable.  With that said, we need to get SMART on crime, by distinguishing those who are predators who seek only to victimize other citizens, from those who are suffering underlying issues that explains the commission of a low-level crime.  In the former situation, those individuals need to face the consequences of their criminal activity and face the weight of the criminal laws in place.  In the latter, we should pursue the alternatives we have to address such underlying issues as drug addiction, homelessness, mental health, and PTSD-suffering Veterans.  In so doing, we can work with such defendants to resolve their underlying issues and move them away from the criminal justice system.  But in all cases, the overriding guidepost must always be accountabliity: holding all defendants to be accountable for their actions.

In order to make the distinctions I describe with wisdom, a Judge should have a deep level of diversified experience.  I bring the depth and breadth of both personal and professional experience to the table.  By drawing on my level of experience and the clear independence that my diversity of background represents, I will be uniqely qualified to exercise the judicial discretion that the law allows.  It is the exercise of that discretion and independence that will ensure that I don't just blindly impose the "maximum sentence" or just "go along" with the prosecutor without considering all of the facts and factors in any given case.  To do otherwise is simply robotic and would be an abdication of the authority with which the citizen-electors have entrusted each Judge. 

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of San Diego and League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (1)

Would you say that the San Diego County Bar Association's judicial evaluation of you is a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications? If not, which aspects of your experience may have been overlooked or undervalued?
Respuesta de Pete Murray:

I am honored to have received a "Well Qualified" rating from the San Diego County Bar Assn.; the HIGHEST RATING for this race.  In reaching these ratings, I sincerely appreciate the impartial and diligent work done by the SDCBA Judicial Evaluation Committee. 

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