Bradshaw, Garratt and Rietschel for
King County Superior Court
Tim Bradshaw, Julia Garratt and Jean Rietschel are
in three contested races for King County Superior Court.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 — King County voters will
choose three judges still in contested races for King County Superior
Court Nov. 4. All the remaining candidates are good, but in each case
our pick is the one we thought had an edge.
Trial-court experience is crucial for a Superior Court judge, and
prosecutor Tim Bradshaw, 52,
has a lot of it: 125 Superior Court jury trials, far more than his
opponent for Position 1, Assistant Attorney General Sue Parisien.
Much of Bradshaw's work is in criminal law, including the homicide
unit and the cold-case team. Bradshaw is rated "extremely well
qualified" by the King County Bar Association and colleagues speak well
of him. He has had many dealings with the press and is considered a
straight shooter. His calm manner will serve him well in the courtroom.
We endorse Bradshaw.
Julia Garratt, 54, has been
a Superior Court judge pro tem since 1998, and during that time has
tried more than 45 cases to a verdict. She is a longtime member of the
state Parole Board, which has jurisdiction over sex offenders. She has
been a prosecutor and a public defender.
Her Position 22 opponent, Holly Hill, has been a lecturer at the
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, giving her a big-picture overview
of courtroom issues, but Garratt has more recent experience on the
ground. Garratt has a precise, technocratic manner that will brook no
nonsense. We endorse Garratt.
The race for Position 37 pits
Jean Rietschel, 58, against Barbara Mack. Rietschel has been a judge
for 12 years at Seattle Municipal Court, working on family law, juvenile
cases and drug cases. Before that, she was a public defender. She is
rated "exceptionally well qualified" by the King County Bar, and
"outstanding" by the Municipal League.
Her opponent, Mack, was a prosecutor for 22 years after being an
undersecretary of the Interior in the Carter administration. We like
both candidates, but sense in Rietschel a toughness that gives us
confidence she could control any courtroom. We endorse Rietschel.
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