Candidate Profile
Jay Brandon

Republican , Texas


Jay Brandon
Judge, Court of Crim. Appeals, Place 8

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Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.

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George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

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The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than using a strict constructionist or originalist approach in judicial decisions.

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There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.

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Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

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I voted in these primaries and general elections:

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What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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Which current U.S. Supreme Court justice best reflects your judicial philosophy?

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Which U.S. president serving after 1960 best reflects your political philosophy?

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What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

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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?

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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?

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When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I am board certified in criminal appellate law. I have worked at this court for two different judges. I am the only candidate with significant experience in all the areas the Court of Criminal Appeals covers: direct appeals, writs, and death penalty cases. I have filed briefs and argued cases in this court. I have written briefs in hundreds of criminal appeals.

In what areas of law have you practiced?

criminal and family; I am board certified in both Criminal Appellate Law and Family Law

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am far and away the most qualified candidate in this race.


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston TX, J.D., 1985
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, master's in writing, 1979
  • University of Texas, Austin TX, B.A., English, 1975
Work & Military
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  • Salvation Army, contributor
  • San Antonio Public Library Foundation, board member
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Republican Club of San Antonio, member
  • Alamo Pachyderm Club, member
  • Texas Institute of Letters, member
  • Fourth Court of Appeals, Sought 2000

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