10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 12, 2010
By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
It’s rare for a seated judge to be challenged in California, but a San Bernardino County election swirls over a denial of a mother’s request for a restraining order and the subsequent death of her 9-month-old son and his father in what has been called a murder-suicide.
The blowback was prosecutor James Hosking’s last-hours decision to run for the judge’s seat, a cascade of media attention from the “John and Ken” KFI-AM radio talk show and television’s “Dr. Phil,” and a running debate over how decisions are made in the crucible of family court.