Through his strong sense of integrity, Justice Joel Horton has built up an impressive record during the past 14 years. Now, he is campaigning to retain his seat as a member of the Idaho Supreme Court.
Through the Bar survey, lawyers across Idaho gave Horton higher grades than his opponent, John Bradbury, in knowledge and understanding of the law; integrity and independence; legal experience and ability; and judicial temperament and demeanor. All of these traits are crucial in a justice. Horton says himself that he has a strong desire to make impartial decisions and defend the Constitution.
Justice Horton is in favor of expanding drug courts and other problem-solving resources. Within these resources, judges work with defendants to help them solve their problems in a situation other than a traditional court. It's much less per person to send a person through the drug courts than it is to send a person to jail.
There isn't anything wrong with Bradbury, but the job of the Supreme Court is to have complete knowledge of the Constitution, and Horton certainly does this.