Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings or court houses.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Only God is perfect. Men fall short and are imperfect (Romans 3; James 3:2). Men, generally, are imperfect in their execution of many things, including government. We all need checks and balances for the heart is deceitful. (Jeremiah 17:9)
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
For me, this is a calling, not a career choice. I gave my life to Christ in my 20s and everything I do is for His glory. The biggest influences in my life are undoubtedly my unshakeable faith in God, and my family. My wife of 20 years, Laurie, and I have a 14 year-old son, Luke. My faith is what drives me to serve others and helps keep me grounded and focused on what really matters. My wife is my best friend. She and I have been together since we were 17 and have grown up together. I couldn’t imagine life without her and wouldn’t be the man I am today without her guidance and loving support.
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?
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.
I appreciate this question and completely understand the concern. However, the Judicial Canons are clear that we should not answer such broad questions directly, despite the potential political cost. Canon 7(A)(11) states that a Judge or Judicial Candidate shall not “in connection with cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of judicial office.”
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I began my legal career in civil law as an associate in the products liability section of a large downtown law firm. There, I learned how to work cases under great attorneys defending major companies against lawsuits. It gave me a firm foundation in the principles of discovery, and, like every associate, I learned how to research, write and compress large amounts of information into a digestible format. I then decided to go into public service and become a prosecutor in Jefferson Parish. As a prosecutor, I prosecuted domestic violence offenders, murderers, child rapists, sex offenders, drug dealers, armed robbers and a multitude of other offenders, with almost 20 life sentences. As a general jurisdiction Judge, I preside over civil, domestic and criminal cases. I’ve also created and preside over a couple of Specialty Courts. I was also a volunteer, Allied Attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, who studied and worked on several 1st Amendment issues.
In what areas of law have you practiced?
Please see the previous response.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I am running for the Supreme Court because I have a vision for the future of our courts. I am not just promising to be a great Judge, which is the primary role of a Supreme Court Justice. I am also promising to work every day to save taxpayer money and ensure there are fewer frustrated litigants, more former offenders contributing to the tax base and, most importantly, fewer victims. We must modernize our system of justice and begin providing smart, efficient justice to all parties by studying and investing in technologies that save people time and money, like e-signing, online calendaring, email/text reminders and videoconferencing. I have proven that this can be done in my Courtroom and I hope to push these innovations statewide from the Supreme Court. On the criminal side, we must continue to invest in specialty courts so that ex-offenders have a way to contribute to the society they harmed and ensure there are no further victims.
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.
There are times when American judges should alter U.S. case law in order to comply with foreign case law.
Which current U.S. Supreme Court justice best reflects your judicial philosophy?
Which U.S. president serving after 1960 best reflects your political philosophy?
What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?
Laws should be interpreted as they are written, not as the legislature debated or how I might want them to be written.
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?
"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"