Sheryl McCloud for Supreme Court:
Trial attorney Sheryl McCloud is The Seattle Times choice to replace
retiring state Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers.
August 17, 2012 ó At the Washington Supreme
Court, Sheryl McCloud of Bainbridge Island is the best
choice to replace retiring Justice Tom Chambers, who has
served on the court since 2000.
Like Chambers, McCloud is a trial attorney. She has long
experience representing people in appellate trials,
appearing many times in front of the state's highest
court, including civil rights and death penalty cases.
She knows the state constitution and the law thoroughly
and is rated highly by the major bar associations.
She has a record of defending people's rights, and a
calm judicial manner. At 56, she is young enough to
serve three six-year terms before reaching the high
court's mandatory retirement age of 75.
Her opponent, Richard Sanders, lost his seat on the
court in 2010 after a 15-year run as its chief
dissenter. Sanders was a champion of the individual
against government on such issues as free speech, public
disclosure, privacy, ballot measures and property
Sanders could be injudicious and intemperate, such as in
2008, when he stood up in an audience of the Federalist
Society and shouted "Tyrant!" at U.S. Attorney General
Sanders has been retired, and should accept it. It is
time for voters to choose someone else.
The Times recommends Chris Washington
for King County Superior Court
The Seattle Times endorses Judge Chris Washington for King County
Superior Court, reversing its earlier endorsement of Suzanne Parisien.
October 11, 2012 ó Judge
Chris Washington should be re-elected to the King County Superior
The Times' recommendation is changed from the primary election, in
which we endorsed a challenger, Suzanne Parisien, a former state
assistant attorney general. Parisien has since turned down the King
County Bar Associationís request to appear at a public forum with Judge
Washington. She has declined to be rated by the associations
representing African American, Latino, gay, female and Jewish attorneys.
She has few endorsements and has raised almost no money, seemingly
coasting on primary endorsements from
The Times and
The Times declined to endorse Washington earlier mainly because of a
King County Bar Association poll of attorneys who rated him the lowest
of 52 judges. But professor David Brody of Washington State University,
who was the associationís consultant on the poll, showed that the score
was low because 20 prosecutors manipulated it. The prosecutors were
angry with Judge Washington for letting off a juvenile criminal on a
light sentence. They rated him low on all 16 questions, most of which
had nothing do with their complaint against him. They were trying to
We agree with the prosecutors about that case, in which Washington
let off a 17-year-old who kicked Seattle Police Officer Jason McKissack
in the head. Thirty days was too light a sentence. But we have been
assured by an outpouring of judges and attorneys that Washington is a
good judge and that it is unfair to cashier him for a handful of errors
in hundreds of rulings.
It is also a risk to put the robe of the Superior Court on a person
who has never been a judge and who shies from the scrutiny of the legal
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