FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS candidates

The Appeals Court justices are elected or appointed by district, but serve state-wide. The Appeals Court can affirm or reverse the decisions of lower courts. Decisions are made by three-judge panels, and at least two judges must agree on a ruling for it to be binding. In the First District (there are four total), two of the six seats are up for election in 2018. 

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This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Politicalization of Courts

QUESTION: Much has been made of the ‘politicalization’ of the courts and ideologically driven decisions by judges. If elected to the court of appeals, how would you avoid being influenced by the rigid views of a polarized two party system and focus on legal definitions and precedent when rendering decisions?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Redistricting

QUESTION: Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution (CPMC) has recently filed a challenge with the Michigan Court of Appeals to block a November referendum effort by Voter Not Politicians (VNP). VNP is seeking to change the process of drawing State and U.S. Districts and is asking voters to approve a 13-person commission, free of elected officials or political party officials, to draw district maps. CPMC says the effort alters too much of the Michigan Constitution and should require a constitutional convention. If you were a judge of Michigan’s Appeals Court, what primary factors and analysis would you use to make your decision?

RESPONSE: No Response

This video is about Michael J. Riordan

Q1. Politicalization of Courts

QUESTION: Much has been made of the ‘politicalization’ of the courts and ideologically driven decisions by judges. If elected to the court of appeals, how would you avoid being influenced by the rigid views of a polarized two party system and focus on legal definitions and precedent when rendering decisions?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Redistricting

QUESTION: Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution (CPMC) has recently filed a challenge with the Michigan Court of Appeals to block a November referendum effort by Voter Not Politicians (VNP). VNP is seeking to change the process of drawing State and U.S. Districts and is asking voters to approve a 13-person commission, free of elected officials or political party officials, to draw district maps. CPMC says the effort alters too much of the Michigan Constitution and should require a constitutional convention. If you were a judge of Michigan’s Appeals Court, what primary factors and analysis would you use to make your decision?

RESPONSE: No Response

PARTIAL TERM CANDIDATE, 11-7-18 to 1-1-23

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Politicalization of Courts

QUESTION: Much has been made of the ‘politicalization’ of the courts and ideologically driven decisions by judges. If elected to the court of appeals, how would you avoid being influenced by the rigid views of a polarized two party system and focus on legal definitions and precedent when rendering decisions?

RESPONSE: No Response

Q2. Redistricting

QUESTION: Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution (CPMC) has recently filed a challenge with the Michigan Court of Appeals to block a November referendum effort by Voter Not Politicians (VNP). VNP is seeking to change the process of drawing State and U.S. Districts and is asking voters to approve a 13-person commission, free of elected officials or political party officials, to draw district maps. CPMC says the effort alters too much of the Michigan Constitution and should require a constitutional convention. If you were a judge of Michigan’s Appeals Court, what primary factors and analysis would you use to make your decision?

RESPONSE: No Response