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|Current Court Information:|
|Nevada Supreme Court|
|Past position:||Judge, Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court|
|Past position 2:||Clark County Special Public Defender's Office|
|Past term 2:||1997-1998|
|Undergraduate:||University of Missouri, 1966|
|Law School:||Washington University School of Law, 1969|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
Michael A. Cherry is a justice for the Nevada Supreme Court. Cherry was elected to the Supreme Court on November 7, 2006.  He served as Chief Justice from May 7, 2012 until January 5, 2013. Cherry was retained in 2012; his current term expires in 2018.
After graduating from law school, Cherry became a Deputy Public Defender in Clark County. From there he moved into private practice, first as an associate, and later he was a partner. He spent years concentrating on fire litigation with hotel chains before serving as an alternate municipal judge in Las Vegas and Henderson. In 1997, Cherry was appointed to the Clark County Special Public Defender's Office. One year later, he was elected to the Eighth District Court. Cherry was elected to the Nevada Supreme Court in 2006.
- See also: Nevada judicial elections, 2012
2010 judicial survey
The Las Vegas Review Journal conducted a judicial performance evaluation in 2010. The survey asked state attorneys to rate judges on a variety of criteria. Of the 796 respondents, 73% recommended Judge Cherry for retention. 
First Amendment rights
The Review-Journal successfully petitioned a District Court judge to lift an order preventing the media from identifying women who have accused Las Vegan Steven Newberg of rape. Judge Cherry overturned a gag order that justice of the peace Ann Zimmerman had placed on the press, prohibiting the publication or broadcast of the names of three alleged rape victims who had appeared in open court and whose names are contained in the public record. Cherry ruled that the decision on whether to identify alleged rape victims who testify in court should be left to Las Vegas Valley media outlets. "I'm going to leave it to the (Las Vegas) Sun and the Review-Journal as to how they are going to handle it," he said.
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. Cherry received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.21, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -0.22 that justices received in Nevada. 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 rather, an academic gauge of various factors.
- Courts in Nevada
- News: Justice Michael Cherry becomes Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice, May 15, 2012
- News: Incumbent Nevada Supreme Court judges face no opposition in coming election, January 31, 2012
- ↑ 2006 election results
- ↑ Nevada Supreme Court website, "Justice Michael Cherry Becomes Supreme Court Chief Justice," May 7, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 RGJ.com, "3 Nev. Supreme Court Justices run unopposed," January 23, 2012
- ↑ See Judicial selection in Nevada
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, Justice Michael A. Cherry (NV)
- ↑ Nevada Judiciary Justice Michael A. Cherry
- ↑ Silver State: 2012 Official Election Results: Statewide/Judicial
- ↑ Judicial Performance Evaluation:Results
- ↑ Judicial Performance Evaluation:Methodology
- ↑ Follow the Money: Michael Cherry
- ↑ Campaign finance reports
- ↑ Nevada Secretary of State, 2006 General Election Results
- ↑ Review Journal
- ↑ Access My Library
- ↑ Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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