In a case where someone was assaulted because he was gay, would you consider it a “hate crime” and increase the penalty?
Do you believe unborn children have rights? If so, how would those factor in to your decisions as a judge?
Will you make prayer and religious displays (such as the Ten Commandments) a part of your court? Please explain why or why not.
Do you agree or disagree with the argument that homosexual marriage is a “right” protected under the 14th Amendment of the (U.S.) Constitution, which would render S.C.’s 2006 marriage amendment unconstitutional. Please explain why.
Would you perform a homosexual marriage, either voluntarily or involuntarily?
Given a case where a local gun restriction ordinance was being challenged, would you uphold the ordinance or strike it down? What factors would play into that decision?
If a woman sued her employer because she was paid a lower rate than her male coworkers, would you rule in her favor or not? Please explain why.
No candidates have responded to Hill, though, and not just because of the questions’ audacity. Any responses would violate state Code of Judicial Ethics, says Greg Adams, ethics expert at the Univ. of South Carolina’s school of law. Hill’s questions on religious topics violate the U.S. Constitution, as well, Adams told The State.
Employees of the state legislature agree with Adams, too, and gave Hill an after-the-fact lesson in ethics, he admitted. Staff also followed up directly with judicial candidates, informing them that the freshman representative was told to not expect any responses. Hill promised to do the same in the next contests for judgeships, though:
Maybe next year I’ll be in a better position to – if I put out a questionnaire – to craft it in a way that would work a little bit better.
Bless his heart.”