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Meet the candidates: Georgia Supreme Court

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Have you ever gotten to the end of your ballot while voting and had no idea who any of the judicial candidates were? If so, you are not alone. For most people, voting for a judge is a shot in the dark since the judicial elections are nonpartisan, there are no debates, and little campaigning.

You can get an idea by looking at a sample ballot before going to the polls. You can get a sample ballot for your precinct by visiting the website of the Secretary of State: http://sos.georgia.gov/mvp/. The sample ballot contains the names and websites, if any, of the candidates.

One of the most striking ways to differ between judicial candidates is through their judicial philosophy. Generally, judges either fall into one of two camps. Judicial activists, who bring their own opinions and experiences to the bench, or strict constructionists, who rule based on the law as it is written and focus on the intent of legislature.

In spite of the low key nature of the judicial campaigns, voting for a judge is important. As we have seen in recent months and years, judges can overturn popular laws and policies on dubious grounds and shape our nation and state with little accountability. Georgia’s voter ID law, gay marriage and the upcoming legal battle over Obamacare are just a few recent examples.

Candidates for Supreme Court:

David Nahmias is the incumbent. You can view his website at: www.justicenahmias.com. You can also view his biography on the Supreme Court website: http://www.gasupreme.us/biographies/nahmias.php. Nahmias is a former US Attorney nominated by George W. Bush who received numerous commendations for his service. He states that his judicial philosophy is that “if judges do not like a law, they can vote to change it at the ballot box, like their fellow citizens, but they should not try to change it with judicial decrees”.

Matt Wilson is a practicing attorney from Atlanta. His website is: http://wilsonforsupremecourt.com/. He states that his judicial philosophy is “to uphold and defend the Constitutions of this State and of our United States, to listen courteously to all parties and all arguments, to fairly and impartially decide cases presented on the basis of the evidence and our laws, while always protecting our civil and Constitutional rights”. He criticizes Justice Nahmias for decisions that “elevate Corporate and Government Interests over Individual Rights”.

Tammy Lynn Adkins is an attorney with no address or website given.

Stay tuned for profiles of Appeals Court Candidates.

Sources:

http://sos.georgia.gov/mvp/

http://www.work.com/georgia-courts-and-judges-12708/

Comments

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    David Nahmias is responsible for much of the legal justification of President Bush's unconstitutional wars. That is not the kind of person that we need on the GA Supreme Court.

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    David W. Thornton 4 years ago

    Sounds like a ringing endorsement to me. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are some of the most justified in our history. It's strange how many people who believe that "Bush's wars" were unconstitutional, but somehow think that it is okay for the government to force citizens to engage in a commercial business transaction or be fined.

  • Eddie 3 years ago

    So it's ok with you that an uncivilized nation of murderers can use our own planes as missiles and kill over 3000 non Military free citizens of the USA? You call yourself an American? please! Get a life, it was and is not Bushes wars nor is it Obama's it is our war, We the People's war, so stop the crap and get on one side or the other, if you love who we are fighting then move there, if not please shut up! You non thinking anti American morons are killing me, if anything pray for Obama to grow a pair and get the job done instead of giving all our power and Sovereinty away to the UN, no treaties will be Ratified if We the People want ot keep our power and not be servants to a despot Government that Obama is trying ot put in place, there is were your misguided anger should be placed. God bless this Great Republic and may she stand free and Sovereign forever. leave our Bill of Rights alone, all of them.

  • Eddie 3 years ago

    I thought this site would go right to the person I replied too but I see it didn't, this is to anonymous, I pray he get's this reply.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

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