Michele Mercer

Michele Mercer

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Michele "Shell"  Mercer

for Family Court Judge Department Z

 

Candidate contact information:

Email address: shell4judge@aol.com

Phone number: 702.240.5191

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.cantello/posts/10219254859456209?comment_id=10219257717487658¬if_id=1588109183140797¬if_t=feed_comment_reply

Twitter: @ShellJudge

Website: ShellForJudge.com 

 

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES

 

Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.

 

We need good judges -- especially in Family Court. We need judges with integrity, who are experienced in family law and who care about making the right decisions for the families that appear before them. Frankly, that's me. I've been in private practice, primarily in family law, for 22 years. I'm the only candidate in my race with judicial experience. I've been a Pro-Tem Hearing Master where I've presided over more than 4000 hearings in Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Dependency, Domestic Violence, Child Support, Drug Court, Minor Guardianships, Civil Commitments and Discovery. I was appointed by the Clark County Commissioners to serve as a Fair Hearing Master for the Department of Family Services. I was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to serve 2 terms as a Consumer Member of the Chiropractic Physicians' Board of Nevada. I've served as a Judge in the Truancy Diversion Program and I've been on the Pro Bono Honor Roll for my volunteer work. My inherent qualities, educational and professional background, skills, life experiences, personality, work ethic, as well as natural talents combine to uniquely qualify me to serve the public of Clark County as a Family Court Judge.

 

What are your views on the courts’ responsibility to uphold precedent on reproductive health care, particularly as it relates to Roe v. Wade and access to abortion as a constitutional right?

 

The legislature creates the law; the judiciary interprets the law. As a judge, I'm compelled to follow the law, even if it's case law that is binding precedent.

 

What are your views on “human dignity,” as applied by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor (133 S. Ct. 2675), shares the same constitutional protection provided to liberty and equality rights?

 

I am not able to offer an educated and meaningful opinion at this time.

 

Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education (347 U.S. 483) was correctly decided?

 

Yes.

 

Would you honor the request of a plaintiff, defendant, or witness in a case before you who is transgender to be referred to in accordance with that person’s gender identity?

 

Unless there was some legal or fact-specific basis not to do so, I would.

 

Describe your understanding of Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises (390 U.S. 400) and application of this precedent to nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation.

 

I'm not qualified to provide a meaningful response; I don't have any experience with this topic.

 

Have you been involved in a significant case where a primary issue was sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV/AIDs discrimination? If so, can you provide the case, venue, case number and case citation (if published decision) and your involvement?

 

 

No.

 

 

With more and more Nevadans only one family emergency away from being unable to pay rent and maintain shelter for their loved ones, what steps would you take towards having a more equitable eviction process for Nevadans?

 

I'm not qualified to provide a meaningful response; I don't have any experience with this topic.

 

How would you ensure that criminal defendants with adverse immigration consequences attached to their cases are protected in the event the case is dismissed or otherwise resolved, so that the criminal justice system does not become a trap for the undocumented?

 

 

I'm not qualified to provide a meaningful response; I don't have any experience with this topic.

 

 

In recent years, we have seen Immigration and Customs Enforcement detain individuals as they are leaving criminal court hearings. Please describe your views on this practice.

 

 

I'm not qualified to provide a meaningful response; I don't have any experience with this topic.

 

 

What actions will you take to dismantle the school to prison and deportation pipeline? What do you see as the judiciary’s role in advancing restorative discipline practices for Nevada’s students?

 

 

I'm not qualified to provide a meaningful response; I don't have any experience with this topic.

 

 

What do you think is the most important issue or problem in the state’s justice system today, and how would you work to address it?

 

 

I don't know if it's the most important issue or problem, but I believe one of the most important issues or problems is access to justice for persons of limited means in Nevada. I look forward to learning more about the Access to Justice Commission and possibly serving on the commission.

 

 

Do you feel that existing diversion initiatives and specialty courts are effective in meeting the needs of the community? What changes would you make to improve their effectiveness?

 

 

I would like to have data and/or statistics regarding the effectiveness of the initiatives and specialty courts but I believe they are making a positive difference. I would need more information in order to offer an educated opinion.

 

 

What value does cash bail bring to Nevada’s judicial system?

 

 

I'm not qualified to provide a meaningful response; I don't have any experience with this topic.

 

In light of Nevada’s move to legalize recreational marijuana, what is your position on vacating convictions of individuals for marijuana possession?

 

 

I would need to do some legal research about it before offering a global position. There are multiple competing interests and concerns. Without more information, it may make economic sense to vacate the convictions in order to redirect the financial resources elsewhere.

 

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