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Barton Voigt

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Barton Voigt
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Court Information:
Wyoming Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   Gov. Jim Geringer
Active:   2001-2014
Chief:   2006-2010
Succeeded by:   Kate M. Fox
Past post:   Judge, Wyoming District Courts
Past term:   1992 - 2001
Personal History
Born:   1949
Undergraduate:   University of Wyoming
Law School:   University of Wyoming College of Law
Grad. School:   University of Wyoming

Barton R. Voigt is a former justice for the Wyoming Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court on March 29, 2001 by former Governor Jim Geringer. Voigt served as chief justice from 2006 to 2010. He retired from the court on January 3, 2014.[1]


Voigt received both his undergraduate degree and master's degrees in American history from the University of Wyoming. He received his J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law.[2]


After graduating from law school, Voigt served as a prosecuting attorney for Hot Springs County for two terms. Next, he served as a county judge in Gillette for two years and then served as a district judge in Douglas, Wyoming for eight years. In 2001, Voigt joined the Wyoming Supreme Court.[3]

2010 election

Voigt was retained to the Wyoming Supreme Court in 2010.[4]

Main article: Wyoming judicial elections, 2010

Notable cases

Matthew Shepard case

Voigt dismissed a "homosexual rage" defense in the Matthew Shepard case, which had been part of the defense team's efforts to have the charges against Aaron McKinney reduced to manslaughter. The jury would find McKinney guilty of felony murder, and he would be sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole.[5]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

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. Voigt received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.3, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.37 that justices received in Wyoming. 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.[6]

See also

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