Jen Caissie – Accomplishments as Governor’s Councillor
Due to her common sense, knowledge of the law, and appropriate respect for victims’ and children’s rights, Jen Caissie has won the confidence and respect of the majority of the Councillors. Some of Jen’s many accomplishments during her first term are listed below:
Long Overdue Administration of a Truth Telling Oath at Confirmation Hearings
Instrumental in instituting a policy at the Council requiring that Nominees and their witnesses be administered a truth telling Oath before testifying at confirmation hearings before the Council. This had not been the practice, or even a requirement, at confirmation hearings. On December 7th, 2011, I stood before the Council and made the Motion that the Council administer an Oath to all Nominees and their witness to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth at the confirmation hearings. While two Councillors have refused to administer an Oath, five have said that they will, and it’s already happening. Long overdue, but a positive step to insist on integrity and truthfulness in the confirmation process. I request this Oath be administered at each and every confirmation hearing.
For Victims’ Rights Advocate
I was on the winning side of a 5-to-4 vote to put a Victims’ Rights Advocate on the Massachusetts Parole Board.
Against Activist Judges
I have voted for judicial nominees who apply the law, not make it. For example, I voted against a nominee who would not acknowledge a United States Supreme Court decisions (McDonald and Heller cases) which clearly stated the Second Amendment applies to the people of the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. The Bill of Rights applies to the people of the States. Judges should not select what parts they like to enforce, and not enforce those parts with which they personally disagree, such as the right to bear arms.
Recognizes Integrity of Nominees
I have voted against unqualified nominees and activist nominees.
Gained Respect of Council by Demonstrated Leadership
In a decision to move forward in a matter very important to the Council, I was nominated and elected to be the Governor’s Council point person to select a law firm to represent the Council on important Constitutional matters that have the potential of impacting the intended balance of powers and the quality of judicial, parole board, and clerk magistrate appointments in Massachusetts.