Voters should consider experience, education, fairness, and integrity, commitment to the rule of law.
I have worked in a court of limited jurisdiction, which is the Baton Rouge city court, and also small claims court dealing with municipal ordinances. I have also worked at the State district court where I am currently the Chief Judge and preside over four different courts, The Recovery Court, Pretrial Recovery Court, Traffic Court, and a Civil and criminal dockets. I have also presided over the fast track drug felony court. My 29 years( 4 times over what my opponents have), of experience with these different courts have prepared me to work in the Appeals Court.
The factual circumstances which arise in individual cases and the applicable law will impact my decisions on adoption and custody rights cases.
Originally, I supported the war on drugs because of its focus on the traffickers, subsequently the war on drugs that the research reveals the war on drugs has been misguided. The effectiveness highlighted the relevance of drugs in our community and the adverse impact of drugs in our culture. I am not opposed to mandatory jail sentencing for drug traffickers.
Judges have a general indirect obligation to ensure the public safety for all persons jailed. We want to make sure jails are not overpopulated and that the conditions in jails are such that citizens are not exposed to inhumane treatment and conditions.
No, I do not believe presently that all citizens have access to legal assistance and the appeals system. It can be improved by judges who exercise administrative oversight and demand 6th amendment protection.
A good temperament for a judge is exercised through the procedure of justice, also known as procedural fairness, where hereby : voice, neutrality, respect and trust are the key components.