Results of Matt’s Candidate Survey – Court of Common Pleas

Judge Nadine Allen replied to the survey. Here are the results:

1. Nine Principles and Twelve Values   Y*

2. Supports informing the jury of their right to judge the law and facts N

3.  Refrains from unprofessional conduct, ridiculing litigants  Y

4.  Rank the following (1= most important, 4 = least)

Judicial precedents  (not ranked)

Inalienable rights endowed by the Creator  (not ranked)

U.S. Constitution  1.

Other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances  (not ranked)

5. Equal treatment regardless of race, religion, and socioeconomic background  Y

Court of Common Pleas – Additional Comments

1. Do you agree with the Nine Principles and Twelve Values of the 912 Project (see back of this page)?

Eight Principles- yes. The Ninth Principle I take to mean that the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, as expressed by the majority in our democracy. It is not accurate that the government is subject to the desires of separate individuals when it has been addressed by the will of the majority, through the legislative branch.

2. Do you (or if you have never held a judgeship, would you, if elected) inform the jury of their right to judge the law as well as the facts?

No. That would be a violation of the oath of judicial office and the juror’s oath; the US Constitution, and the Ohio Constitution. A judge could be removed or disciplined for failure to properly charge a jury.

3. Do you always act (or intend to, if elected) professionally in court, refraining from making demeaning comments about the litigants’ morals, beliefs, and religious practices?

Absolutely yes. I do refrain.

4. Rank the following according to the order of importance when you make a decision or ruling in a case (1 = always trumps everything else, 4 = the last thing considered):

inalienable rights endowed by the Creator _____

judicial precedents __

U.S. Constitution _1

other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances _____

These concepts are simultaneously considered and are not in conflict as they are reflected in our Oath and U.S. laws.

5. Do you refrain from showing preferential treatment to a litigant on the basis of race, religion, and socioeconomic background?

Yes I do not show preferential treatment. I proposed many of the policies while on the Ham Co Municipal Court, still followed today, which make certain programs uniformly applied and available for all the eligible participants in this community. These programs make our streets safer reduce jail population and save tax dollars, by placing 1000s of drug/ alcohol offenders in the alternative jail where they receive treatment and have become sober, law-abiding citizens; helped 3000 drivers become licensed and insured motorists; diverted 1000s into several Diversion programs; and created scarce jail space for violent, dangerous criminals.

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