Should Justice Moreno be retained?

In a few weeks California voters will be asked whether or not Carlos Moreno shall be retained as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. Were I a Californian, I would vote against retaining him. He was part of the majority that overturned Proposition 22, and he was the sole Justice in the minority who thought Proposition 8 should also be overturned. I don’t trust his judgment.

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About John Mansfield

Mansfield in the desertA third-generation southern Nevadan, I have lived in exile most of my life in such places as Los Alamos, Baltimore, Los Angeles, the western suburbs of Detroit, and currently the northern suburbs of Washington, D.C. I work as a fluid dynamics engineer. I was baptized at age twelve in the font of the Las Vegas Nevada Central Stake Center, and on my nineteenth birthday I received the endowment in the St. George Temple. I served as a missionary mostly in the Patagonia of Argentina from 1985 to 1987. My true calling in the Church seems to be working with Cub Scouts, whom I have served in different capacities in four states most years since 1992. (My oldest boy turned eight in 2004.) I also currently teach Sunday School to the thirteen-year-olds. I hold degrees from two universities named for men who died in the 1870s, the Brigham Young University and the Johns Hopkins University. My wife is Elizabeth Pack Mansfield, who comes from New Mexico's north central mountains and studied molecular biology at the same two schools I attended. We have four sons, whose care and admonition, along with care of my aged father, require much of Elizabeth's time. She currently serves the Church as Mia-Maid advisor, ward music chairman, and choir director, and plays violin whenever she can. One day, I would like to make shoes.

One thought on “Should Justice Moreno be retained?

  1. Because you have studied the issue and concluded that he was wrong as a matter of California (not US) constitutional? Then absolutely, you should urge folks to vote against retention. But if you simply disagree with the result because it is wrong on policy or some other grounds, you’re treading on dangerous ground. We want and need judges who will enforce the law — even if they disagree with the result of doing so.

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