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|Current Court Information:|
|Louisiana Supreme Court|
|Past position:||Judge, Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal|
|Past position 2:||Judge, 1st Judicial District, Louisiana|
|Past term 2:||1981-1990|
|Law School:||Tulane University School of Law, 1971|
Jeffrey P. Victory is an associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. He has represented the court's Second District since January 1, 1995. He was first elected to this position in 1994 and his current term ends in 2014. He will not seek re-election at the end of his current term.
- 1995-2014: Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court
- 1990-1995: Judge, Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal
- 1981-1990: Judge, 1st Judicial District, Louisiana
- 1971-1981: Attorney, Tucker, Jeter and Jackson
Awards and associations
- Charter member, Louisiana Sentencing Commission
- Chairperson of the Board and past director, Louisiana Judicial College
- Member, National Lawyers Association
In his 2004 judicial election, Victory raised $504,431; 95.1% came from the business sector; 4.6% came from the Republican Party, and .3% of contributions came from labor.
|Jeffrey Victory||Yes||2nd District||Republican||60.8%|
|Stephen B. Beasley||No||2nd District||Democratic||39.1%|
Justice Victory wrote the majority opinion (6-1) in a 2007 case involving the rape of an 8 year-old girl. Victory defended his stance, despite a Supreme Court ruling in 1977 that said a convicted rapist--in this case, of an adult woman--could not be sentenced to death, as the punishment, in their opinion, outstripped the crime. "Justice Victory said the death penalty in this case was particularly warranted by the brutality of the crime, in which the victim was so badly injured that she required surgery."
In the opinion, Justice Jeffrey Victory wrote, "Our state Legislature and this court have determined this category of aggravated rapist to be among those deserving of the death penalty, and, short of a first-degree murderer, we can think of no other non-homicide crime more deserving." Victory wrote that the Louisiana law meets the U.S. Supreme Court test requiring an aggravating circumstance--in this case the age of the victim--to justify the death penalty.
State ex rel. A.T.(2006)
The majority opinion, written by Justice Jeffrey P. Victory, held, over the dissent of Justices Chet D. Traylor and Jeannette Theriot Knoll, that the State of Louisiana Department of Social Services was required to "make reasonable efforts to assist [a] parent in finding suitable housing before it may seek to terminate parental rights."
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Victory received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.79, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.35 that justices received in Louisiana. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Louisiana Supreme Court Biography
- Project Vote Smart biography of Jeffrey Victory
- State of Louisiana v. Patrick Kennedy
- Official biography of Justice Victory
- The Times Picayune, "Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Victory will not seek re-election," August 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, Associate Justice Jeffrey P. Victory (LA)
- Justice Victory
- Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Results, September 18, 2004
- Justice Victory's Follow the Money Page
- Louisiana Court Backs Death in Child Rape
- Fox News
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||James Dennis • John Fournet • Pascal Calogero • Chet Traylor • Edward Douglass White • Catherine D. Kimball • Revius Ortique, Jr. • Albert Tate, Jr. • Peter Beer •|