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Judicial Philosophy

Next to being asked why I am running for judge, I am always asked what makes a judge conservative versus liberal.  After being mentored by many great jurists and lawyers like Justice Kelly, Justice Prosser, and members of the Federalist Society, this has become an easy question for me to answer.


When most people think of a judge, they think of lady justice blindfolded holding a scale.  This imagery is important. A judge should weigh the facts against the law without looking at the outcome or those involved. That means taking the facts of the case before the court and then applying them to the law as it is written.  The law will guide an outcome, not the litigants, the external influences, or even the desires of the public.


Justice Kelly explains the roles of the three branches of government in brief better than anyone I have heard tackle the topic.  He states it is the role of the legislature to look into the future and write laws to handle future actions/disputes.  It is the role of the executive branch to execute those laws and apply them to things happening right now.  It is the role of the judicial branch to take the facts of something that happened and apply them to the laws as written.

Progressive judges feel it is their role to change laws and the

Constitution to meet their desired outcome.  Progressive judges have decided they are a super legislature who
can make new laws to meet their desires and the desires of the liberal cause de jour.  It seems crazy to say, there are people who want judges that will rule based on what makes them feel good, rather than the law, that is a
liberal judge.  


As a life-long conservative and someone who has learned from Justice Kelly, Justice Hagedorn, Justice Prosser and many others, I know it is the role of the judiciary to apply the law and not create it.  It is the role of judges to apply the law without regard to the outcome and to work with what the law and constitution say they can do, not what they want to do.  I will be a judge who works hard to apply the law to the facts in front of me and do only what our statutes and Constitution allow me to do.

Judges are umpires that have to call balls and strikes.  Occasionally something odd happens, but thankfully there is an Official Baseball Rules book that the umpire can use to guide them to the right ruling.  This rule book is what makes the game fair, everyone knows the rules in advance and as such, when the umpire has to make a ruling, there are no surprises.  The same is true with a conservative judge, the law guides every action, every ruling to ensure fair play for all those with legal disputes.  That is the kind of judge I will be if elected on April 7th.