Keith Russell Judd

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Keith Russell Judd
Born (1958-05-23) May 23, 1958 (age 56)
Pasadena, California, United States
Criminal charge
threatened extortion
Criminal penalty
210 months in federal prison
Criminal status Incarcerated at Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City. Scheduled for release in October 2014.[1]

Keith Russell Judd (born May 23, 1958) is an American inmate and perennial candidate for political office. His nicknames include "Dark Priest"[2] and "Mtr. President".[3] He claims to have run for President of the United States in every election since 1996.

Early life[edit]

Judd was born May 23, 1958, in Pasadena, California. He is married, and professes to be a Rasta-Christian.[3] He claims to have run in every United States presidential election since 1996 and for mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Governor of New Mexico.[4] He further claims to be a former member of the Federation of Super Heroes. Judd has one child, born out of wedlock on September 3, 1990, a son named Marcus Miciah Robertson.[2]


In 1999 Judd was convicted of two counts of "mailing a threatening communication with intent to extort money or something of value"[5] and sentenced to 210 months (17½ years) in federal prison. The convictions stemmed from an incident in which he made threats at the University of New Mexico.[6] He has appealed his conviction no fewer than 36 times, but each appeal has been dismissed for various reasons.[7]

As of December 2013 Judd is incarcerated at Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City.[1] He was previously held at Federal Correctional Complex, Beaumont in Texarkana, Texas.[8]

Presidential candidacies[edit]


In the 2008 Presidential election he filed to run as a Democrat in 14 states but only appeared on the ballot in Idaho.[9][6][10] Judd finished third in the May 27, 2008, non-binding Idaho Democratic presidential preference primary with 1.7 percent of the vote, behind Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.[11] No delegates to the Democratic National Convention were at stake in the primary as Idaho's delegation was determined at the February 5 Democratic caucus, which Judd unsuccessfully contested.[12]


Judd filed to run for president again in the 2012 general election,[13][14] and attained ballot status in the West Virginia Democratic primary.[15][16] On May 8, 2012, Judd won 41% of the primary vote in West Virginia against incumbent Barack Obama, a higher percentage of the vote in one state than any other primary opponent of Obama had hitherto achieved in 2012 (a figure later surpassed by John Wolfe, Jr.'s showing in the Arkansas primary).[17][18] While this showing would normally have entitled Judd to delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, state officials expressed some uncertainty as to whether Judd had completed the required formalities, such as filing a slate of delegates and completing paperwork.[19] Judd, who did not qualify for any other primary ballots, contested the ballot count, alleging that ballot workers suppressed the actual total (which he said showed him in the lead) in an effort to cover up an Obama loss.[20]


  1. ^ a b Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator (accessed 19 December 2013)
  2. ^ a b Dana Milbank, Richard Mourdock and Keith Judd vs. Washington, The Washington Post, May 11, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Biography, Keith Judd, Project Vote Smart; accessed 2012.06.27.
  4. ^ Project Vote Smart - Keith Russell Judd
  5. ^ Texas Prisoner Keith Russell Judd Gets His Name Listed On Idaho Democratic Primary Ballot With Obama, Clinton
  6. ^ a b "Texas inmate cons way onto Idaho ballot". USA Today. April 16, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ 99-2008a -- Judd v. University of New Mexico -- 29 February 2000
  8. ^ Statehouse Beat: How did Judd get 41% of vote?
  9. ^ "A Con For America". Boise Weekly. April 9, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ Winger, Richard (April 17, 2008). "Third Choice on Idaho Democratic Presidential Primary is a Prisoner". Ballot Access News. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ May 27, 2008 Primary Election Results
  12. ^ Hoffman, Nathaniel (June 18, 2008). "Inmate candidate sues Dems". Boise Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Keith Russell Judd: Would-be Presidential candidate sits in a Beaumont prison". Beaumont Enterprise. July 6, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ Asbury, Kyla (July 6, 2011). "Texas prisoner says he should be on 2012 ballot". West Virginia Record. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ Porterfield, Mannix (March 27, 2012). "Texas convict on W.Va. ballot for president". The Register-Herald. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Hail to the chief! Beaumont “resident” on the ballot in West Virginia". Beaumont Enterprise. March 27, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ Weigel, David (May 8, 2012). "Meet Keith Judd, the Superhero Inmate Winning Delegates Against Barack Obama". Slate. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ Little, M. (May 9, 2012). "Texas inmate wins 41% of vote vs. Obama in West Virginia primary". LA Times. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  19. ^ Messina, Lawrence (May 8, 2012). "Keith Judd, Texas Inmate, Gets 40 Percent Of Votes Against Obama In West Virginia Democratic Primary". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  20. ^ Kabler, Phil (May 28, 2012). Statehouse Beat, May 27, 2011: Judd claims he won. Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved May 28, 2012.

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