Candidate Profile
Sandra Cabrina Jenkins

Democrat , Louisiana

Biography

Name
Sandra Cabrina Jenkins
Party
Democrat
Race
Justice, 7th Supreme Court Dist.
Incumbent
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Sandra Cabrina Jenkins is judge for the First District of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. She won her seat in 2012 with no fundraising and “just one endorsement, from the Independent Women's Organization.”

Judge Jenkins gave interviews to Rev. Jonathan Richardson and John Redmann.

On September 18, Judge Jenkins posted an Instagram picture acknowledging Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy.

Facebook highlights:

  • “Judge Jenkins is intentional in balancing fairness, equity, and a rule of law” (August 28, 2020).
  • “I am so excited that I will share the November 3, 2020 ballot with Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris” (August 12, 2020)!!!
  • “Courts should reflect the diversity of the communities it serves otherwise it threatens their legitimacy in the eyes of the public. The exclusion of diverse perspectives from judges’ deliberations is a threat to fair and impartial justice” (August 10, 2020).


Justice Jenkins wrote the Court of Appeals majority decision in State v. Dixon (2020): “Defendant, Aldred Dixon, appeals his conviction for second degree murder by a non-unanimous 10-2 jury verdict. …Based upon the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court…holding that non-unanimous jury verdicts in state felony trials are unconstitutional, and in consideration of the Louisiana Supreme Court's directive to consider a non-unanimous verdict as part of our appellate error patent review, we vacate defendant's conviction and sentence and remand this case to the trial court.”

Justice Jenkins joined a Court of Appeals majority in State v. Johnson (2016): “we find the life-without-parole sentence imposed upon Mr. Johnson unconstitutionally excessive [under the state constitution]. Mr. Johnson reached into the open window of a bait-vehicle and took fifteen dollars. He is now condemned to die in prison for that crime.”

Questionnaire*

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Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Religious Liberty

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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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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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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Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Bostock v. Clayton County, which justice’s opinion most closely aligns with your opinion of whether the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be extended to the LGBTQ community?

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What types of pro bono work have you done?

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Qualifications

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

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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?

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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?

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In what areas of law have you practiced?

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Why should the voters choose you?

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

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Judicial Philosophy

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

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

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What possibilities should a judge exhaust before departing from precedent?

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How should a judge determine which rights are protected by the Constitution even though they are not specifically mentioned?

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Background

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