Why Courts Matter….
Judicial Races may be at the end of the ballot but they are as important as the races at the top. A series of recent court rulings are exemplary: the decision overturning the Judicial Retention Election Law, the 4th circuit decision overturning the voter ID law, the decisions on gerrymandering by our current state legislature to name a few. Or consider why Congress refuses to consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. If it was vitally important would they do this?
As NC Policywatch reporter Sharon McCloskey wrote: ‘”Win the courts, Win the war.” A paraphrase of a conservative consultant’s advice about the strategic importance of controlling the courts to “maintain Republican power for 114 years. McCloskey goes on: “The justices like to say that party labels don’t matter when they are deciding cases, and in many instances that’s true. Most opinions handed down by the court are unanimous. But in matters steeped in partisan or philosophical ideology, they align with their like-minded colleagues and opinions issued in recent years reflect that divide. In decisions that split along party lines, the justices have upheld conservative redistricting maps, turned North Carolina’s consumer protection law on its head, weakened Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections and sustained the private school voucher program. (Read the Article)
The 2016 election is critical up and down the ballot but we ignore the judicial races at our peril.
NC Supreme Court –Judge Michael Morgan, a sitting Superior Court Judge, has eleven years experience as a Superior Court Judge, combined with ten previous years of trial bench experience as a District Court Judge and five prior years of experience conducting hearings as a State Administrative Law Judge. Judge Morgan has the experience and qualifications to be a Justice of the NC Supreme Court. More at http://www.judgemichaelmorgan.com/.
NC Court of Appeals Seat 1 - Judge Vince Rozier has 10 years of District Court experience which has prepared him for the Court of Appeals. Because the majority of cases heard by the NC Court of Appeals originate in trial courts, appellate judges with judicial trial court experience serve to enhance our overall court system. Judge Rozier is familiar with the cases and the law. We need to have the right judges with the right experience. Find out more at http://www.judgerozier.com/.
NC Court of Appeals Seat 2 - Judge Abe Jones served for 17 years on the NC Superior Court and is running for NC Court of Appeals. His extensive experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney in criminal cases give him the balanced, practical skills that are necessary to fulfill the duties of an Appeals Court judge. Judge Jones will bring Fairness, honesty, intellectual capacity, a working knowledge of the law, and a strong work ethic to the bench. More at at http://voteabejones.com/
NC Court of Appeals Seat 3 - Judge Linda Stephens has served on the NC Court of Appeals for over 10 years, applying her experience and study to complex legal matters. Her deep understanding of the law and her commitment to justice make her a fair and effective judge, earning the support of lawyers and former judges from across the political spectrum. Throughout her career, she has earned respect through her willingness to do what it takes to get the job done right. More about incumbent Judge Stephens http://www.judgelindastephens.org/
NC Court of Appeals Seat 4 - Judge Rickeye McCoy-Mitchell is the longest serving District Court Judge in the 26th Judicial District and has 14 years of criminal and civil practice in state and federal courts. She has presided in every District Court including criminal, civil, juvenile, criminal and civil domestic violence courts. As Judge McCoy-Mitchell says “My extensive legal and judicial experience, academic and practical understanding of the impact of the law, and demonstrated fairness and respect make me uniquely qualified to serve on the NC Court of Appeals.” More at http://www.judgemckoy-mitchell.com/.
NC Court of Appeals Seat 5 - Judge Margaret Eagles is running for the seat vacated by Judge Marty Geer to return to private practice in a “winner take all” election on November 8, 2016. Both Judge Geer and former Chief Judge John Martin have endorsed her candidacy. Judge Eagles has served as a District Court judge in Wake County presiding in criminal, civil and juvenile courtrooms with a focus on cases involving abused and neglected children and domestic violence. Find out more about Judge Eagles at http://www.eaglesforjudge.com/