Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.
|Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.|
|Current Court Information:|
|North Carolina Supreme Court|
|Past post:||Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals|
|Past post 2:||Attorney, Stern & Klepfer, L.L.P.|
|Past term 2:||1993-1998|
|Undergraduate:||Vassar College, 1971|
|Law School:||University of North Carolina School of Law, 1975|
|Grad. School:||University of Virginia, 2004|
|Military service:||U.S. Navy|
Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. is an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. He was first elected to this position in November 2000, and he was re-elected in November of 2008. His current term ends in 2016.
Edmunds received his A.B. from Vassar College in 1971 and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975. He later received his master's degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia in 2004.
- 2001-2016: Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina
- 1999-2001: Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
- 1993-1998: Attorney, Stern & Klepfer, L.L.P.
- 1986-1993: United States Attorney, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
- 1982-1986: Assistant United States Attorney, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
- 1978-1982: Assistant District Attorney, North Carolina 18th Judicial District
- 1975-1977: U.S. Navy
Awards and associations
- 1990: Certificate of Appreciation, Drug Enforcement Administration
- 1988: Prosecutor of the Year, Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Credit Card Investigators
- Member, Guilford Inn of Court
- Former Member, Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
|Robert Edmunds||Yes||Edmunds Seat||Non-partisan||51%|
|Suzanne Reynolds||No||Edmunds Seat||Non-partisan||49%|
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. Edmonds received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.33, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.01 that justices received in North Carolina. 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.
A 2013 study by the Center for Public Integrity on financial disclosure requirements for state supreme court justices found that Edmunds once ruled in favor of two companies in which he owned stock -- Wells Fargo and Co. and Abbot Laboratories. Edmunds defended his participation in the cases, arguing that his stock ownership did not constitute a conflict of interests. "Our ethical rules allow participation if the ownership is de minimis. It was so minuscule ... It effectively means whatever decision I make will not have any impact on my financial situation."
North Carolina's disclosure standards require that investments worth at least $10,000 be reported. When asked about the precise value of his holdings in these companies, however, Edmunds declined to elaborate. North Carolina earned an "F' in the study.
- newsobserver.com, "Supremes: Redistrict Rep. Wright's seat," August 24, 2007
- The News and Observer via Project Vote Smart, "Edmunds Stresses Republican Ties," March 11, 2008
- Project Vote Smart, Associate Justice Robert H. 'Bob' Edmunds, Jr. (NC)
- North Carolina State Board of Elections: General Election, Official Results, November 4, 2008
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
- Center for Public Integrity "State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information," December 4, 2013
Edward Thomas Brady •