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Un-endorsed: Newspaper yanks nod to Sanders after remarks about black prison rates

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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Supreme Court Justice Alexander condemns latest round of special interest hit pieces

Jim Johnson’s re-election campaign sent out this release from Justice Gerry Alexander which takes on those who are attacking Johnson.

Alexander has endorsed Johnson but the release raises the broader issue of turning Supreme Court campaigns into the same gutter fight that has made elections for legislative and executive offices such a delight.

“You don’t need to be a judge to see danger in an attack ad funded by powerful interests that have business before the court,” Alexander said. “These ads are unfair and an attack against judicial independence. Hands off our state Supreme Court.”

The ads are paid for

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Jim Johnson will seek second term on Washington state Supreme Court

Jim Johnson won a seat on the state Supreme Court in 2004 on his second run for the high court. He announced today he will run for another six-year term.

Johnson is one of the court’s conservatives. He was in private legal practice when he ran for the court but had been an assistant attorney general for 20 years. He handled legal issues and litigation for Fish and Wildlife and the Secretary of State.

The Seattle native attended Harvard University and received his law degree from the University of Washington.

Here’s the announcement: Read more »