About Rich

Rich is an Assistant Attorney General who has the experience neccessary to be an effective appellate judge from day one.

Rich Anderson is proud to be a life-long Republican. After attending Washington & Lee School of Law in Virginia, Rich began his legal career as a clerk for Justice Gorman Houston on Alabama's Supreme Court. He's been an attorney for over seventeen years, and an appellate prosecutor in the Capital Litigation Division of the Alabama Attorney General’s office for over a decade.

During his career with the Attorney General’s office, Rich has represented the State in dozens of death penalty cases. Death penalty litigation involves the most complex and serious issues that come before the Court of Criminal Appeals.  Every day, Rich proudly fights to get justice for crime victims at every level of the  appellate system. He has represented the State in circuit courts across Alabama, from Huntsville to Mobile, in the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, and all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. Because he’s worked directly with crime victims in many of his cases, Rich understands that victims have a direct interest in the outcome of every criminal appeal.

As a tried and tested appellate prosecutor, Rich has extensive experience in appellate writing and has argued in front of the Court of Criminal Appeals on numerous occasions. Most memorably, he has twice argued in front of the Court (and an audience of more than a thousand students) at Samford University. Rich understands the way the appellate courts work, understands what’s at stake in appellate cases, and has the experience needed to be an effective judge from day one. Above all, Rich understands that fairness and respect for the law are vital characteristics for any judge.

"And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.

Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it."

Deuteronomy 1:16-17

Rich Anderson is a native Montgomerian, the son of former Circuit Judge Mark Anderson and Jean Anderson (herself the daughter of long-time Sumter County Judge of Probate Wilbur Dearman). Rich’s wife Christy works for the City of Montgomery and has been instrumental in preserving the city’s historic character. Rich and Christy are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Montgomery, where they were married in 2005, and where Rich’s grandparents were married. Rich and Christy are avid travelers  and share an interest in restoring historic homes. Rich is active in local charities, with a particular interest in education. For several years he has been a member of the FAME Board, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports local public education efforts. Rich and Christy are also active supporters of Hope Inspired Ministries, an organization that works to help chronically unemployed and disadvantaged people to develop their sense of individual worth and personal responsibility, and promotes the value and honor of work.

A member of the Federalist Society, and an NRA member; Rich is a true conservative, with an originalist judicial philosophy. He believes that our Constitution, and the legacy of Liberty that our Founders secured, has made America the greatest nation God’s Earth has ever seen.

"On the back of my Federalist Society membership card is a quote from The Federalist paper No. 78 that pretty much sums up my judicial philosophy: 'The courts must declare the sense of the law, and if they should be disposed to exercise WILL instead of JUDGEMENT, the consequence would be the substitution of their pleasure for that of the legislative body.' As a prosecutor, I have always sought to be an advocate for justice without exceeding the bounds of the law. As a Judge, I promise that I will decide every case on its merits and on what the law requires."

 

 

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