Jeffrey Victory

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Jeffrey Victory
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Court Information:
Louisiana Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Active:   1995-2014
Past position:   Judge, Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal
Past term:   1990-1995
Past position 2:   Judge, 1st Judicial District, Louisiana
Past term 2:   1981-1990
Personal History
Born:   1946
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Centenary College
Law School:   Tulane University School of Law, 1971

Jeffrey P. Victory was an associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.[1] He was first elected to this position in 1994 and he retired from the bench when his term ended in 2014.[2]


Victory received his B.A. in history and government from Centenary College and his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 1971.[3]


Awards and associations


  • Charter member, Louisiana Sentencing Commission
  • Chairperson of the Board and past director, Louisiana Judicial College
  • Member, National Lawyers Association[4]



Victory defeated Stephen B. Beasley in the election for the Louisiana Supreme Court with 61% of the vote.

In his 2004 judicial election, Victory raised $504,431; 95.1% came from the business sector; 4.6% came from the Republican Party, and .3% of contributions came from labor.[5]

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Jeffrey Victory ApprovedA Yes2nd DistrictRepublican60.8%
Stephen B. Beasley No2nd DistrictDemocratic39.1%

Election results are from the Louisiana Secretary of State from September 18, 2008.

Notable cases

Death penalty

Justice Victory wrote the majority opinion (6-1) in a 2007 case involving the rape of an 8 year-old girl. Victory defended his stance despite a Supreme Court ruling in 1977 that said a convicted rapist could not be sentenced to death because the punishment outweighed the crime. "Justice Victory said the death penalty in this case was particularly warranted by the brutality of the crime, in which the victim was so badly injured that she required surgery."[6]

In the opinion, Justice Jeffrey Victory wrote, "Our state Legislature and this court have determined this category of aggravated rapist to be among those deserving of the death penalty, and, short of a first-degree murderer, we can think of no other non-homicide crime more deserving." Victory wrote that the Louisiana law meets the U.S. Supreme Court test requiring an aggravating circumstance--in this case the age of the victim--to justify the death penalty.[7]

State ex rel. A.T.(2006)

The majority opinion, written by Justice Jeffrey P. Victory, held, over the dissent of Justices Chet D. Traylor and Jeannette Theriot Knoll, that the State of Louisiana Department of Social Services was required to "make reasonable efforts to assist [a] parent in finding suitable housing before it may seek to terminate parental rights."

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook 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. Victory received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.79, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.35 that justices received in Louisiana. 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.[8]

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