Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.
Which current justice on the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?
Which of the following U.S. presidents best reflects your political philosophy?
The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.
Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.
George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.
Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.
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
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
America's Founders carefully defined, separated and limited powers in the Constitution to avoid encroachments of individual liberties by government. The separation of powers and the checks and balances by coequal branches of government protects the individual liberties and promotes accountability to America's citizens.
What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
The proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law begins with the understanding that any statute must be determined to be constitutional fist and foremost. Legislative history and intent is a factor but strict construction of the Constitution is the overriding test.
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?
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 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 just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them
In which partisan primary election did you most recently vote (e.g. Democratic, Republican, etc.)?
The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than use a strict constructionist or originalist philosophy.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?
Scalia & Thomas opinions
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in God, our Heavenly Father and in his Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. The Bible informs and guides by daily beliefs and actions. The Ten Commandments are the basis of most of the criminal laws which I preside over daily. I also believe that the Constitution a divinely inspired document.
Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?
Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.
I was the first judge in the State of Texas to declare the unborn fetus a human being for purposes of a death penalty conviction for murdering a pregnant mother. The State of Texas vs. Adrian Estrada
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
Additional comment from candidate:
I am a strong Conservative State District Court Judge with a 27 year, proven track record of serving and protecting my community. I have sentenced thousands of criminals, presided over death penalty cases, strictly construed the Constitution, upheld the Bill of Rights, and protected individual liberties. All of my decisions are faith- based and reflect strong family values.