Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.

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Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.
Court Information:
North Carolina Supreme Court
Title:   Associate Justice
Salary:  $140,285
Appointed by:   Election
Active:   2001-2016
Past post:   Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Past term:   1999-2001
Past post 2:   Attorney, Stern & Klepfer, L.L.P.
Past term 2:   1993-1998
Personal History
Born:   04/17/1949
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Vassar College, 1971
Law School:   University of North Carolina School of Law, 1975
Grad. School:   University of Virginia, 2004
Military service:   U.S. Navy

Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. is an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. He was first elected to this position in November 2000, and he was re-elected in November of 2008. His current term ends in 2016.[1]


Edmunds received his A.B. from Vassar College in 1971 and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975. He later received his master's degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia in 2004.[1]


Awards and associations


  • 1990: Certificate of Appreciation, Drug Enforcement Administration
  • 1988: Prosecutor of the Year, Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Credit Card Investigators


  • Member, Guilford Inn of Court
  • Former Member, Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association[1]


2008 election

Edmunds, running as an incumbent for the North Carolina Supreme Court, won re-election with 51% of the vote against Suzanne Reynolds.[2]

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Robert Edmunds ApprovedA YesEdmunds SeatNonpartisan51%
Suzanne Reynolds NoEdmunds SeatNonpartisan49%

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. Edmonds received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.33, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.01 that justices received in North Carolina. 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.[3]

Financial disclosure

See also: Center for Public Integrity Study on State Supreme Court Disclosure Requirements

A 2013 study by the Center for Public Integrity on financial disclosure requirements for state supreme court justices found that Edmunds once ruled in favor of two companies in which he owned stock -- Wells Fargo and Co. and Abbot Laboratories. Edmunds defended his participation in the cases, arguing that his stock ownership did not constitute a conflict of interests. "Our ethical rules allow participation if the ownership is de minimis. It was so minuscule ... It effectively means whatever decision I make will not have any impact on my financial situation."[4]

North Carolina's disclosure standards require that investments worth at least $10,000 be reported. When asked about the precise value of his holdings in these companies, however, Edmunds declined to elaborate. North Carolina earned an "F' in the study.[4]

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