Full Legal Name: Daniel Joseph Nagle
Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Dan Nagle
Seat/ District: Anne Salisbury (retiring)/District 10
Partisan Affiliation: Republican
Date of Birth: 6/3/1955
Home Address: 6304 Blairmore Court, Raleigh, N.C. 27612
Mailing Address (if different from home):
Campaign Web Site: www.DanNagleforJudge.com
Occupation & Employer: Assistant District Attorney/Wake County District Attorney's Office
Bachelor's Degree Yr & Institution: B.A. Justice Studies/2000/N.C. Wesleyan College
JD Year & School: N.C. Central University School of Law/2008
Years lived in North Carolina: 43
Home Phone: 919.787.6812
Work Phone: 919.792.5022
1. What do you believe are the most important issues facing the District Court? What are your top priorities or issues of concern for the coming term?
The most important issues facing our district courts are overcrowding, inefficient use of limited court resources, and outdated technology. My priorities will be to work with the Chief District Court Judge to refine local court rules and procedures to maximize the efficiency of court resources and reduce the frequency and duration of court appearances.
2. What qualifies you to serve?
I am a prosecutor and retired law enforcement officer who has been involved with the courts for over thirty years. As a law enforcement officer, I dealt with the issues that affect people's lives and which are the subject of district and superior court cases: traffic and misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses, domestic disputes and assaults, and juvenile delinquency, abuse, and neglect. I have seen the impact of crime and disorder in the lives of people and how a firm, fair, and objective application of the law can help resolve individual and community problems. As a law student, I interned with the North Carolina Supreme Court, the Wake County District Attorney's Office, and the Wake County Public Defender's office. As a prosecutor, I handled thousands of cases by plea or trial considering what is in the best interest of the community, what is in the best interest of the victim, and what is in the best interest of the defendant. I have also served on two juries, one civil and one criminal. These experiences provide me with a unique perspective of the cases over which I will preside as district court judge. I understand people, their problems, and the impact of crime on the community. I know the law, and I have the courtroom experience and background to enable me to address the legal issues encountered in the district courts. I am not a politician, I am a public servant who has served the citizens of this county for all of my adult life.
3. How do you define yourself politically? How does that impact your judicial approach?
I am a conservative judicial candidate who believes our nation is built upon the rule of law; the United States and North Carolina Constitutions are the foundation of our legal system; and our laws are to be applied as written by the legislature. Voters can expect me to follow the rule of law and render fair and impartial decisions consistently without fear, favor, or bias.
4. FOR INCUMBENTS: What have been your most important decisions in your current capacity? FOR CHALLENGERS: What decisions has the incumbent made that you most disagree with?
Not applicable – there is no incumbent in this race.
5. What do you feel was the U.S. Supreme Court's most important recent decision? Did you agree with the majority?
The United States Supreme Court's most important recent decision is Arizona v. Gant, 556 U.S. ___ (2009). In this case, the Supreme Court overturned a long-standing application of the rule allowing law enforcement to search an area, without a warrant and without probable cause, incident to the arrest of a person even where the arrestee no longer had access to the area at the time of arrest. I agree with the majority.
6. Do you feel that North Carolina's current system of judicial elections serves the state well?
Yes; however, the method of judicial elections is a political decision to be made by the people. Our current non-partisan election system puts the power of selection directly in the hands of the voters and gives the voters the power to retain or reject incumbents based upon their performance. By this method, judges are elected without partisan platforms and are directly accountable to the people.
Are there other forms of selecting judges you feel would function better or worse than the current one?
There are other forms of selecting judges, including: partisan elections, appointment and reappointment of judges and appointment of judges and with retention elections to maintain direct accountability to the people. These methods are generally more partisan; however the appointment system can be structured to reduce partisanship in the process by creating a nomination panel consisting of persons drawn from a cross-section of the community, including judges, lawyers, law professors, community leaders, and citizens.
7. Have you ever pled guilty or no contest to any criminal charge other than a minor traffic offense? Please explain.
8. Is there anything else you'd like to add about yourself or the issues that are important to you?
I have served the people of this County nearly all of my adult life. I now ask for the privilege to continue my legacy of public service by bringing my unique experience as law enforcement officer, legal intern, and prosecutor from "the badge to the bench" and apply reason and common sense in a fair and impartial manner as your district court judge.
9. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.
I will faithfully apply the law as it is written by the legislature and consistent with the United States and North Carolina Constitutions. This means there will be times when I must apply an unpopular law or reach an unpopular result; however, such a principled stand is necessary in order to preserve the rule of law upon which our nation is built.
10. On the District Court level, what improvements can be made in terms of the juvenile justice system? What are the weaknesses or constraints in the court's handling of juvenile offenders?
The most pressing issues in the juvenile justice system are the continuing rise in violent crimes committed by juveniles and the associated increasing presence of gangs in Wake County. It is too often the case that the problems presenting in court are driven by underlying issues that remain unresolved after the intervention. All components of the juvenile justice system: parents, churches, schools, communities and community organizations, law enforcement, and the courts must work together to address these issues.