Candidate Profile
Carlos Samour Jr.

Non-Partisan , Colorado

Biography

Name
Carlos Samour Jr.
Party
Non-Partisan
Race
Supreme Court Justice (retention of Samour)
Incumbent
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Justice Samour was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court by Governor John Hickenlooper. Justice Samour has clerked for Judge Robert McWilliams, who was nominated by President Nixon.

Justice Samour joined the dissent in State v. Jones. The Court majority said that it could not determine whether the defendant was liable for child abuse for harm that the defendant inflicted on a child while she was in the womb. The dissent argued that the defendant was clearly liable under Colorado’s child-abuse statute and common law.

Justice Samour joined the Colorado Supreme Court majority in Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Polis, which held “that HB 1224 [banning gun magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds] is a reasonable exercise of the police power that has neither the purpose nor effect of nullifying the right to bear arms in self-defense encompassed by article II, section 13 of the Colorado Constitution.”

Justice Samour joined the Court majority in Ritchie v. Polis, which held “that article V, section 1 of the Colorado Constitution requires that ballot initiative petitions be signed in the presence of the petition circulator. Because that requirement cannot be suspended by executive order, the Governor is not authorized to create an exception to that requirement.”

Justice Samour joined the Court majority in McCulley v. People, which held that Brian McCulley was eligible to petition for his name to be removed from a sex offender registry. The Colorado Sex Offender Registration Act said that people who have “more than one conviction” for sexual misconduct cannot petition to remove their names from the registry. The Colorado Supreme Court held that McCulley’s “successfully completed deferred judgment” was not a conviction for the purposes of the Sex Offender Registration Act, which meant that McCulley only had one sexual-assault conviction. Chief Justice Coats, Justice Boatright, and Justice Hood dissented.

Other notable cases:

In Re: Interrogatory on House Joint Resolution 20-1006 (2020)

In Re: People v. DeGreat (2020)

McCoy v. People (2019)

Questionnaire

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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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