1. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.
2. The U.S. Constitution is a living document and should be interpreted according to the circumstances of each generation.
3. Foreign laws should be used in American courts even where those laws conflict with constitutional rights.
4. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.
5. Which current Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?
Justice Antonin Scalia
6. Which U.S. president elected to that office in 1960 or thereafter best reflects your political philosophy?
President Ronald Reagan
7. Which U.S. Supreme Court decision do you think has most impacted society? Please explain your answer.
Brown vs. Board of Education This landmark cases opened our schools and opportunity to all of the people of this great county.
8. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.
God, Voters (We the People), Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court
9. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
Our Founding Fathers understood that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Therefore, they devised a system, that had never before been used, to limit government by creating three co-equal branches of government. These independent branches of government would be able to provide checks and balances and thus prevent anyone branch of the government from becoming all powerful.
10. Please give an example of a judicial decision where strict constructionist policy was violated. Explain.
Roe vs. Wade. The United States Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade recognized a constitutional right that is not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
11. What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
Statutes should be applied as they are written and adopted by the Legislature. Legislative history can be helpful in clarifying what issues the legislature intended to address when they passed certain statutes. However, it is not controlling. It should only be used to provide background information about a statute. Sometimes a statute, as it is adopted by the legislature, has conflicting provisions and then the history of the statute can sometimes provided some guidance as to the legislative intent.
12. What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed."
13. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a practicing member of the Catholic Church. The teachings of my faith provide guidance to me.