The Seattle Times yesterday pulled the unusual move of un-endorsing a candidate — in this case, incumbent Justice Richard Sanders.
The move comes after Sanders and Justice Jim Johnson made comments about African American incarceration rates that offended fellow attendees of a recent court meeting.
The Times has now thrown its support behind Sanders’ challenger, Charlie Wiggins.
Here’s the Times’ unendorsement:
STATE Supreme Court justices Richard Sanders and James Johnson inflamed racial tensions with their remarks that African Americans are overrepresented in the state prison system because they commit more crimes.
How disappointing these two legal minds were unable to offer more thoughtful, nuanced views about racial disparities in the criminal-justice system.
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