"I am running because the Massachusetts judicial system, especially family court, is completely dysfunctional.
Judges are the primary cause of this broken system. We appoint unqualified judges and then we do not remove them.
The Governor's Council is the only check that we have on gubernatorial appointments to the judiciary. The governor can appoint anyone he wants, and it is up to the Governor's Council to approve or reject each nominee.
For the past 20 years or more, the Governor's Council abdicated its responsibility. It has been a rubber stamp and has approved virtually every nominee that the Governor appoints.
The people of Massachusetts deserve good judges."
— Submitted by the candidate
What is the value of the Governor's Council?
"The Governor's Council is the only mechanism for the people to check the power of the governor when appointing judges.
The governor can appoint anyone to the bench. It is the responsibility of the Governor's Council to ensure that judges are not biased, will adequately dispense justice, support due process, and protect constitutional rights."
What new ideas or proposals will you bring to the council?
"With the large number of judges who are appointed each year, it is impossible to adequately investigate the background of each nominee, even if the Governor's Council was a full-time position.
Currently, little information is published about judicial nominees. I propose that more in-depth information about each nominee should be published, including data generated by the Judicial Nominating Commission. In this way, the public has the opportunity to respond and can provide testimony favorable or unfavorable to each nominee.
Each nominee has a career of about 30 years or so. Currently, we hear testimony, almost exclusively from other lawyers with whom the nominee has interacted. These lawyers are fundamentally biased, as in the future they will have to appear before the newly appointed judge.
Without information from the hundreds or thousands of people that the nominee has represented or interacted with, there is no way to discern whether this person is qualified or not for the bench."