MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the state and the court of last resort for citizens. It establishes rules, practices and procedures for all other Michigan courts and is responsible for the general administrative oversight of those courts. Justices are elected with vacancies filled by the Governor until the next general election. Candidates are nominated by political parties but elected on a nonpartisan ballot.

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Partisan Nominations

QUESTION: Michigan’s supreme court justices are nominated by party at state party nominating conventions. How is the electorate’s trust in the Supreme Court to act fairly affected by candidates’ stated political positions and financial support from political groups? Do you believe your partisan ties could create the appearance of conflict in your decisions as a Supreme Court justice?

ANSWER: The Supreme Court is charged with settling legal disputes, many of which are inherently political, so it seems that the process of having political parties nominating non-partisan justices is counterintuitive to a fair and impartial judiciary. I’d like to see process changes that protect the independence of the judiciary through the removal of partisan politics from the elective process. The election of judges should never be based upon how a judge or Justice rules on particular cases of interest, but rather on whether they maintained integrity, applied the law as written and served as a neutral unbiased arbiter. In my time on the bench I have demonstrated that I am independent and fair. I swore an oath to the constitution, not a political party, and I will continue to ensure equal justice under the law for every person.

Q2. Judicial Philosophy

QUESTION: What is your judicial philosophy?

ANSWER: I believe in fairness and patience, listening with an open mind, affording every person that appears before the Court an opportunity to be heard in a fair and impartial manner, and most importantly making my decisions based upon the facts and the law and not popular opinion or who the parties are. I am a rule of law judge in every case that I hear and will not legislate from the bench


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Partisan Nominations

QUESTION: Michigan’s supreme court justices are nominated by party at state party nominating conventions. How is the electorate’s trust in the Supreme Court to act fairly affected by candidates’ stated political positions and financial support from political groups? Do you believe your partisan ties could create the appearance of conflict in your decisions as a Supreme Court justice?

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Q2. Judicial Philosophy

QUESTION: What is your judicial philosophy?

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This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Partisan Nominations

QUESTION: Michigan’s supreme court justices are nominated by party at state party nominating conventions. How is the electorate’s trust in the Supreme Court to act fairly affected by candidates’ stated political positions and financial support from political groups? Do you believe your partisan ties could create the appearance of conflict in your decisions as a Supreme Court justice?

ANSWER:

Q2. Judicial Philosophy

QUESTION: What is your judicial philosophy?

ANSWER:


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Partisan Nominations

QUESTION: Michigan’s supreme court justices are nominated by party at state party nominating conventions. How is the electorate’s trust in the Supreme Court to act fairly affected by candidates’ stated political positions and financial support from political groups? Do you believe your partisan ties could create the appearance of conflict in your decisions as a Supreme Court justice?

ANSWER:

Q2. Judicial Philosophy

QUESTION: What is your judicial philosophy?

ANSWER:


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Q1. Partisan Nominations

QUESTION: Michigan’s supreme court justices are nominated by party at state party nominating conventions. How is the electorate’s trust in the Supreme Court to act fairly affected by candidates’ stated political positions and financial support from political groups? Do you believe your partisan ties could create the appearance of conflict in your decisions as a Supreme Court justice?

ANSWER:

Q2. Judicial Philosophy

QUESTION: What is your judicial philosophy?

ANSWER:


Q1. Partisan Nominations

QUESTION: Michigan’s supreme court justices are nominated by party at state party nominating conventions. How is the electorate’s trust in the Supreme Court to act fairly affected by candidates’ stated political positions and financial support from political groups? Do you believe your partisan ties could create the appearance of conflict in your decisions as a Supreme Court justice?

ANSWER:

Q2. Judicial Philosophy

QUESTION: What is your judicial philosophy?

ANSWER: