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|Wyoming Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jim Geringer|
|Succeeded by:||Kate M. Fox|
|Past post:||Judge, Wyoming District Courts|
|Past term:||1992 - 2001|
|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.
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.
- Main article: Wyoming judicial elections, 2010
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.
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.
- Courts in Wyoming
- Judicial selection in Wyoming
- News: Voigt announces retirement from Wyoming Supreme Court, August 28, 2013
- Wyoming Supreme Court, Justices of the Wyoming Supreme Court
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Barton R. Voight (WY)
- 2008 State of the Judiciary Address
- trib.com, "Voigt accomplished much as Wyo chief justice," June 11, 2010
- Billings Gazette, "Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Voigt to retire," August 27, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Barton R. Voigt (WY)
- Justice Voigt bio from Wyoming courts (dead link)
- Wyoming Secretary of State, Statewide Judicial Retention Results
- Salon.com "Quiet bombshell in Shepard case," November 1, 1999
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Barton Voigt • Michael Golden • Willis Van Devanter •|