Why should you care about judicial elections?
Courts protect us all from the overreaching of the government, by ensuring our rights under the law are not inferior to the influences of money and powerful people. The average citizen will likely never speak to his or her Senator, Congressman or the President, but will likely be affected in some way by the actions of a judge. To put it plainly, a judge is where citizens come in contact with the government, and it is where the oppressed and the wronged seek shelter and help. In order for courts to continue to apply the law, judges must be of high character, capable of putting the law as enacted by the people ahead of their own personal desires, and to act with honor and respect for all. For these reasons it is all the more important for you to vote because the decisions made in courts are likely to directly affect your life and the lives of your family and friends.
Department of Justice (2009-present)
Federal attorney providing legal analysis and recommendations concerning violent crimes to Assistant United States Attorneys and federal law enforcement agencies and officers. Represents the United States in administrative hearings concerning firearms and explosives licensees.
Military Judge (2002-2000)
Presided over 600 trials with allegations ranging from unique military offenses to felony crimes such as rape, negligent homicide, drug distributions and grand theft larcenies. Research, analyze, write and rule upon issues pertaining to admissibility of evidence, criminal law and criminal procedure on a variety of issues to include suppression of evidence under the 4th Amendment, character evidence, expert and scientific witness testimony and speedy trial motions. Was the first Marine judge assigned in combat to preside over a contested trial in Iraq.
Prosecution of 200+felony & misdemeanor trials under Federal Law. Prosecuting high visibility cases with national & international attention to include a complex conspiracy/larceny case of over $400,000 and successfully negotiated for jurisdiction and prosecuted an international case with a 14 year Australian child rape victim. Prosecuted crimes such as negligent homicide, rape and drug importation and distribution. Provided legal counsel on accidental death investigations and domestic violence.
Juris Doctor, Law, University of San Diego, School of Law, San Diego; M.A., Organizational Management, University of Phoenix, San Diego; B.A., Communications, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; California Certificate, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada
Military & Awards
Promoted to the rank of LtCol. Combat Veteran of Desert Shield/Storm and Iraq, awards include a Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, Combat Action Ribbon and Eagle Boy Scout.