The writer of a letter (TNT, 7-24) about Pierce County Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan suggests that “There’s simply no reason to replace her.” Really?
Hogan ranked 17th out of our 22 judges in fairness, knowledge and respectfulness based upon a 2012 judicial evaluation survey with responses from nearly 500 local attorneys. More than one in four attorneys did not believe Hogan would competently or fairly handle their clients’ cases.
In some states, the law mandates that a public agency report to the electorate that a performance like Hogan’s does not meet minimum state judicial standards. The large majority of our judges do not present these concerns.
Her opponent, Jack Hill, was rated “well qualified” by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. Hogan declined to also be rated. Hill has 35 years of experience in Superior Court as a lawyer and as director and administrator of the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel serving at the pleasure of four county executives. He has served extensively as an arbitrator and judge pro tem and has been formally recognized by both local and state bar associations for outstanding service to Pierce County citizens.
Hill is endorsed by former prosecuting attorney and county executive John Ladenburg, former sheriff Chuck Robbins, former County Council chairman Shawn Bunney, District Court presiding judge Patrick O’Malley, former bar association presidents and many others.
Who judges the judges? You do. It’s time to replace Hogan.