2018 Primary Election Questionnaire: Ray Flavin, 22nd Circuit Judge (McIntyre)

Ray Flavin
Ray Flavin

Name: Ray Flavin   

Age: 57

Town: Woodstock

Office sought: Circuit Judge

Occupation: Attorney

Education: JD SIU (Masters of Arts Business Administration Webster University)

Elected offices held: None

Website: Flavin4judge.com

Twitter: @rayflavin

Facebook: Ray Flavin

1) What skills, qualities or experience do you have that separate you from your opponents?

All of them. I am a trial litigator. I work with judges every day. I set cases for trial on the average about 8 times a month. Since Christmas, I have conducted two jury trials, and four bench trials to verdict. My client has prevailed five out of six times. As a litigator, I have tried hundreds of cases. I am a McHenry County Arbitrator with over 20 arbitrations as Lead Attorney, I have tried cases from ordinance violations to murder. I sued the county for excessive court costs in federal and state court. I have run a successful law practice for 25 years in McHenry County I have appeared in court in seven counties in Illinois. I have represented attorneys, CEOs, alcohol counselors and priests. I am frequently consulted by other attorneys with respect to trial practice. I am a member of the Illinois State Bar and the McHenry County Bar. I served in the United States Navy.

2) Do you have a strong sense of moral behavior in your personal life and how would that carry over into your decisions on the bench?

No, and it wouldn't. A judge doesn't sit to impose his morals on anyone. A judge sits to apply the law to the facts and give a ruling.

3) Does the Bail Reform Act do enough to level the playing field for poor people in the criminal justice system? Why or why not?

No, it does not, Bail in 90 percent of the cases is the biggest money grab/waste of effort ever, because the court keeps 10 percent of any amount posted. Bail should be set when there is a actual risk of the defendant hurting the public or fleeing, absent those factors a person should not be held by bail.

4) Is there a Justice on the Supreme Court that you admire? Who and why?

I used to like Heiple when he was on the court if you mean Illinois. I admired him because he wrote dissents in the Supreme Court rules. My favorite judge on the Supreme Court used to be Antonin Scalia because I love irony and his second Amendment opinions.

5) How will your party affiliation influence your actions as a judge?

It won't. Judicial elections should not be partisan. However, that's how the state decided would be a good way to do it. Many states have non partisan Judicial Elections, many of us wish Illinois was like that.

6) Do you think cameras should be allowed in McHenry County courtrooms? Why or why not?

Yes. Why not? The courts are supposed to be where justice is done in the name of the people. The people should be able to watch what they pay for and take pictures. And the people should be able to watch on TV what is done in their name.

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