Letters to the Editor

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Tag: pierce county superior court

June
25th

LINDQUIST: Is recall decision tainted by endorsements?

Re: “Lindquist opponents file recall petition” (TNT, 6-25).

In October 2014, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist emailed many Pierce County voters with a list of his recommendations of candidates in judicial races. I objected strongly to Lindquist and informed him that I believed this to be unethical behavior.

He responded that it was not unethical and that he was providing a valuable service to voters. Now we learn that a Pierce County Superior Court judge must rule on petition to recall Lindquist.

In a 2014 letter to the editor (TNT, 10-20), I wrote: “I don’t believe justice can be impartial

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July
23rd

VERDICT: Cuthbertson forfeits his credibility

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson’s antics at Saturday’s Urban League rally (TNT, 7-21) were beneath his office and contrary to the public interest.

If the public is to have confidence in the integrity of our legal system, it is imperative that judicial officers uphold the dignity of their office and avoid any appearance of bias. Cuthbertson’s disregard for decorum has destroyed his own credibility and undermines public confidence in the courts at a time when that confidence is most vulnerable.

If the George Zimmerman trial were to be held in Pierce County tomorrow, is there any reason

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Nov.
6th

JURY DUTY: An important responsibility

I enjoyed the recent column by Larry LaRue highlighting some of the challenges that face our justice system in finding jurors who are willing to serve their state and local courts (TNT, 11-5). It highlights the importance that jurors play in our civil and criminal trials. Next to military duty, I believe that it is one of the most important civil responsibilities we have in a democracy.

Every day citizens, from all backgrounds, come to the County-City Building and are asked to resolve some of the most complicated and controversial issues and crimes that face our society. They sacrifice

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Aug.
13th

ELECTION: Bench will miss Judge Grant

As a former employee of Grant & Associates (10/2002 – 10/2009). My experience with Judge Bev Grant (she prefers I call her Bev) was most positive. I was employed by Bev as a fully covering Muslim. From the offset I was made to feel comfortable and welcome. Her door was always open, and she was genuine when she told staff to feel free to come to her with any concerns.

Bev addressed all of my questions with real interest, and were there any issues she handled them expeditiously and with fairness. During a time when Islamaphobia was very high, Bev

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Aug.
6th

VOTING: What is Pierce County hiding?

What is the Superior Court of Pierce County hiding?

I have requested the names of those registered voters who have refused jury duty because they are not citizens and have been told that this is somehow privileged information. I learned recently that Douglas County has released its list.

Guess what? We found seven noncitizens who are registered to vote here in Washington. Extrapolating, that would mean that all of the other counties combined would have a minimum of 266 illegal voters. Didn’t Chris Gregoire swing the election by 135 votes? What we are seeing is big-time election fraud.

Judge Ronald

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Aug.
2nd

ELECTION: Judge Nelson is fair and unbiased

We encourage voters to re-elect Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelson.

Nelson has served as a Superior Court judge for 12 years. We have appeared in front of her on family law, criminal and civil matters during her tenure as judge. Her intelligence, hard work and dedication to the law make her an ideal judge and one who has contributed much to the public and the legal community.

Nelson has demonstrated fair and unbiased decision-making. She is prepared for every case, even when she has to review volumes of materials. She is respectful to all litigants, including attorneys and

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July
26th

JUDICIARY: Vicki Hogan should be replaced

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

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July
23rd

JUDICIARY: Hogan’s integrity is needed

At a time when our court system is overflowing with cases, our community critically needs experienced, intelligent judges of integrity. Judge Vicki Hogan is that kind of judge.

In Hogan’s 20-year tenure as a Superior Court judge in Pierce County, she has continually ruled on a very wide variety of criminal and civil cases. In trials often lasting many days, Hogan has met the daunting challenge of making hundreds of daily decisions to keep trials moving and on track with fairness, a keen understanding of the law and a courtroom demeanor that respects both sides of the issues.

I urge

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