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?
6. Which U.S. president elected to that office in 1960 or thereafter best reflects your political philosophy?
7. Which U.S. Supreme Court decision do you think has most impacted society? Please explain your answer.
Probably Grizwold v. Conneticut, which was decided in 1965. Grizwold is the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Constitution provided a right to privacy. The Court found this right within what it described as "penumbras" within the Constitution. This opinion has been at the core of a number of decisions that have dramatically impacted the culture.
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, Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court, Industry, Academia, Media
9. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
The tendency to pursue self-interest.
10. Please give an example of a judicial decision where strict constructionist policy was violated. Explain.
Again, Grizwold is a decision not based upon strict constructionist principles. It was rooted not in the words found in the Constitution, but in "penumbras."
11. What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
It is important to understand what the Legislature who passed a law understood to be the meaning of the words it chose to use in drafting the law.
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?
"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 just powers from the consent of the governed...."
13. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Roman Catholic. I study and strive to fully understand and follow the teachings of the Catholic Church.