03 Oct Aaron Bushur
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CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES
Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.
The department I am ruling for is in shambles. Hearing are not being scheduled and the demeanor of the current judge is horrible. The Court needs someone that wants to be there to make meaningful decisions in family law cases and not someone that only cares about her status as a judge. I have a better disposition to work with attorneys and litigants in resolving these issues and unlike my completion, my personality does not degrade the litigation process.
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 Family Court has very little involvement in this area as it primarily hears divorce and custody issues unrelated to abortion issues. Additionally, most family law related matters are state law specific and the Supreme Court of Nevada is the main guiding Court for most these issues. As a general issue, I fully intend to follow all precedent when it comes to decisions in these cases.
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?
As in Windsor, I believe same sex couples should have and do have the exact same rights as couples of the opposite sex. In Nevada family courts same sex couples are treated the same as opposite sex couples fo the purpose of divorce, custody, adoption, etc.
Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education (347 U.S. 483) was correctly decided?
Segregation of schools is not an issue that generally presents itself in family law cases although I of course disagree with segregation of schools.
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?
Yes. I believe referring to a person as they request is appropriate as is referring to a woman as Miss, Mrs. or Ms. is appropriate given their preference.
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.
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?
Many of the divorce actions I handle involve same sex couples as well as the related property rights and custody, visitation and support of both the parties and children. Such cases are quite common in Nevada and are becoming more common now that the state allows same sex marriage. I do not have citations to these cases as they are at the district court level and not the appellate level.
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?
The Family Court is not involved in the eviction process. That is generally left to the Justice Courts. Durring times of divorce and separations the Family Court does address temporary and permanent orders relating to residences and related issues such as relocations and I believe the Court should spend a little more time and attention to these issues when entering such orders. As it stands now, the Courts are backlogged and very little time is available for the Court to hear these matters or to hear them with enough time allotted to make meaningful decisions.
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?
Family Court does not hear criminal cases although the issue of legal status does come up in custody/divorce actions. Generally a Party's legal status is not used against them unless there is a fear that they may abscond outside this country with a child.
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 disagree with this practice as it causes litigants to not appear for hearings fearing they may be arested/deported. As a general rule, I have not seen this become an issue in any Northrn Nevada Court in reference to family law cases.
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?
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?
My main concearn is a Party's access to the Court. In family law cases these is a large backlog and cases end up stagnating which causes harm to the litigants, to their children and their assets/debts are adversely impacted. I believe more attention to the scheduling of cases can alleviate many of these issues.
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?
Yes. Disversion in juvenile cases substantially assist the children involved in these cases and lessens the strain on the court, law enforcement and jails/prisons.
What value does cash bail bring to Nevada’s judicial system?
In light of Nevada’s move to legalize recreational marijuana, what is your position on vacating convictions of individuals for marijuana possession?
I believe in vacating convictions if they are for convictions on violations of law that are no longer violations.