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JUDICIARY: Fundraising events prove revelatory

Letter by David G. Wood, Olympia on July 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm with 3 Comments »
July 13, 2012 4:32 pm

I dare say I am the only voter to freeload two back-to-back fundraisers to identify the best possible judge in their own informal environments. And I don’t even vote in Pierce County.

My volunteer organization, which attempts to serve parents in trouble with Child Protective Services and therefore the courts, took a special interest in Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelson because of her incredulous decision to permit in-home visitations for the Powell boys. Normally, CPS insists on supervised visitations within their its own DSHS offices. We were not surprised by Nelson’s low ratings in the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association poll you published.

But she is a very nice person with loads of friends, as I discovered at her posh Fircrest Country Club reception Thursday evening. Judge Thomas Felnagle enhanced his top bar rating with a clever and informative introduction of Nelson. But her obligatory pitchman to get supporters to open their checkbooks was awful. He launched a vicious personal attack on challenger James Schoenberger, not by name but with phrases like “just a disgruntled loser.”

The night before we went to a beer and pizza joint on upper St. Helens Ave. to meet Schoenberger and his supporters. The pitchman there, another articulate attorney, presented a simple, positive case for his candidate: “One of the smartest persons I have ever known, courteous, judicial temperment, fair, honest.”

My companion, an open-minded, incumbent-leaning voter from Parkland, finally decided on the challenger. Too bad. I liked the Nelson merlot better than the Schoenberger beer.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. took14theteam says:


    So which corrupt judge are you pushing?

  2. PumainTacoma says:

    Hecht? Didn’t we see him protected among the rank and file chicken soup bar association fratunity members, too? Why does the PC Bar protect the good o’boy attorney whom after an investigation by a fraud accountant stated he help steal money, from a wealthy woman, then stated he had to “leave the country indefinitely” until as he claimed he can come back? While get this billing the woman’s estate for his fees.

    The bar can shove it where the sun don’t shine.

  3. According to the reports I say, the Powell Boys were accomplied by a DSHS worker, but the older Powell blocked her access to his house.

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