Times Unendorses Justices Sanders

On the one hand, you gotta give the Seattle Times credit for withdrawing their endorsement of Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders. That’s a tough thing to do.

On the other hand, Sanders has always been a notorious whack-job, so I gotta think the Times editorial board might not have found itself in this unusual and embarrassing situation if it had only based its original endorsement on the candidates’ legal qualifications rather than Sanders’ reliable record of writing anti-government, anti-labor, pro-business opinions.

I’m just sayin’.

Comments

  1. 1

    Aurelius spews:

    Why does your link take a useless detour through the Stranger’s web server? Did Dan le Savage threaten to lick your doorknobs?

  2. 2

    Blue John spews:

    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.

    “Sometimes it’s not racial profiling or discrimination, it is just the truth. “

    Nice timing. Out of context inflammatory article, then recommend a two bit liberal lawyer.

    What a pathetic analysis by the times. Sanders is one out of two true intellectuals on the court….

  3. 3

    spews:

    From our household, two for votes Charles Wiggins went out the day after we received ballots.

    We both wrote in someone we respect in place of Jim Johnson, the BIAW’s judge.

    Fill out and send in your ballot today!

  4. 4

    sarge spews:

    Judge Sanders doesn’t care about black people.

    From Farrakhan v. Gregoire, which established, without any opposing arguments by defense, the existence of systemic racial bias in Washington’s criminal justice system.

    To wit:

    Dr. Crutchfield’s expert report consisted of an extensive literature review of the empirical research that has been conducted on racial disparities in the various levels of
    Washington’s criminal justice system (policing and investigation, prosecution, and sentencing). He described studies showing, inter alia, that the racial disparities in the state’s criminal justice system cannot be explained by “legitimate” factors, such as racial minorities’ higher level of involvement in criminal activity,5 Crutchfield Report at 4-9; evidence of “unwarranted” racial disparities in the rates of vehicle searches, and “observable racial differences” in the processing of criminal cases (e.g., charging and bail recommendations, lengths of confinement, and alternative sentencing),

    Dr. Beckett’s report described the findings of her study
    “analyzing the extent and causes of racial disparity in Seattle drug [possession and] delivery arrests.” Beckett Report at 1. Her research found that “blacks and Latinos are over-represented, and whites under-represented, among Seattle’s drug arrestees,” and that “the organizational practices that produce these disparities” — specifically, the police’s focus on crack cocaine, on outdoor drug activity, and on the downtown area — “are not explicable in race neutral terms.”

  5. 5

    spews:

    Aurelius @1,

    Does it? Didn’t notice. I grabbed the link from a Slog post, which is where I first read of the unendorsement.

    And no, my doorknobs remain dry, and unthreatened.

  6. 6

    Bluecollar Libertarian spews:

    Thing that bugs me about this is as I recall the original story was written some days after the event and it sounded as if it was based on hearsay. More details are needed and the blanks need to be filled in.

    In my opinion this story was bad reporting.

  7. 7

    spews:

    First the Seattle Times blocks me from making comments in their comment sections because I dare ask Seattle blacks how electing Democrat mayors for half a century is working out for them, now they are unendorsing Justice Sanders for speaking the truth about blacks and their propensity to commit crimes.

  8. 8

    correctnotright spews:

    @7: Trollracist
    Tell it to your fellow troll, Puddy.

    Gee, the Seattle Times blocked a racist comment – go figure.

  9. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I’ve met Sanders and talked with him, and have a mixed opinion about him. First of all, many years ago, he represented a client in a case in which I was the judge and did what I thought was a really crappy representation job.

    Sanders is a very smart guy and I get a kick out of discussing constitutional law issues with him, even when I disagree with him. His IQ and legal knowledge are not issues for me. But he has a big mouth and has done things that arguably are ethically borderline for a sitting justice. and I’ve always felt undercomfortable about his willingness to use judicial office as a “bully pulpit” for his political views.

    But Sanders is not a bought-and-paid-for shill for the BIAW or anyone else — least of all the BIAW. No one owns him. He does his own thinking and is a truly independent justice.

    Sanders is not Republican or conservative, he’s libertarian, and makes no bones about it. He is the court’s most ardent defender of individual liberties and the Bill of Rights, often taking the defendant’s side in criminal cases where overreaching by the police is at issue. He believes in limited government and restraints on government power, and is not one of those righties who wants to blur or erase the line between church and state. I sleep better at night with someone like that on the court. I’ve never had any reason (at least before now) to consider him a racist, and unless he has changed recently, I honestly don’t think he is. I do feel that way about Jim “Indian Hater” Johnson, who was Slade Gorton’s hatchet man in the tribal fishing wars (in which Gorton, as state attorney general, pandered to redneck voters by adopting a blatantly anti-Indian litigation policy).

    I’ve voted for Sanders, with reservations, a couple of times because his challengers were nonentities I couldn’t vote for. I feel Sanders is basically qualified to be a state supreme court justice, in terms of intellectual ability, and that he is not a harmful ideologue in the way that Jim Johnson is. But give me a good candidate to replace him, and I’ll vote him off the court. Wiggins is such a candidate, so Sanders won’t be getting my vote this time.

    What’s said, though, is Jim Johnson is running unopposed for reelection to the court. Johnson is an odious presence on the court, and getting him off the court is far more imperative than replacing Sanders. Sanders I can live with. Johnson is a racist ideologue who is owned lock-stock-and-barrel by BIAW and the so-called “property rights” movement. The best thing you can say about Johnson is that he has only one of nine votes on the court, so he can’t do too much damage by himself.

  10. 11

    czechsaaz spews:

    @9

    Just wondering about judicial ethical behavior. Would the fact that a sitting Justice’s wife founded a think tank and writes opinion papers declaring certain issues that will come before her husband “unconstitutional” prior to judicial review be enough to require the justice to recuse himself?

  11. 12

    Zotz sez: GOTV! spews:

    @9: Sanders is anti-choice. That’s more than enough to vote against him and has been since he took office. If you recall, there was much controversy over his speech at an anti-choice rally…

    That libertarianism includes a peculiar notion of “property rights” meaning he’s also (along with Johnson) pretty much gutted any environmental protections at the state level, such that you’re fucked if you have shit from some farm or construction site coming down stream at you if you live in Stevens or Grant Counties, etc.

    Sanders may not be a dummy, but he is fucking evil, not as evil as Johnson, but pretty fucking evil.

  12. 13

    proud leftist spews:

    I concur with Rabbit above. Sanders is okay. Wiggins, however, could be a true superstar on the Court. Our Court has lacked such a star since the days of Robert Utter. I also concur with Rabbit about James Johnson. He is against anything that might be considered progressive and is not a strong thinker. Write in someone’s name.

  13. 14

    lostinaseaofblue spews:

    Re 12

    Sanders respects the simple right of a baby to, you know, not be murdered? Horrors. Though of course you fail to mention that he routinely states that he is bound by settled law and must rule accordingly regardless of personal opinions.

    He respects the right of property owners to use their property within the legal limits in effect at purchase (or whatever the email from Huffington Post told you is todays insulting epithet.)

    On the other hand a national infantile temper tantrum over necessary pension reform to keep France solvent earns your deepest admiration. Well, why not? The nation of permanent toddlers incapable of wiping their own posteriors without a government program to help them is your aim in the US. Celebrating it where it’s already occured makes sense.

    Love that old joke- How many Frenchmen are needed to defend France against an invading army? Who knows, they’ve never tried.

  14. 16

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Losty sez: “He (Sanders) respects the right of property owners to use their property within the legal limits in effect at purchase….”

    Oh, bullshit. Even glibertarians argue that the state has the right to enforce damages in instances where, for example, human activity (mining, damming, etc.) adversely impacts other property holders, but I guess in your view the dead hand of the past supercedes the ‘creative destruction’ of the present.

    And speaking of infantile, i.e., your tasteless sense of humor….the dead at Verdun give you the one fingered salute.

  15. 17

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Rog Rabbit–
    Why didn’t you run against Jim Johnson?
    I’m just askin’

    You have a high regard for your legal acumen.
    Put yourself out there!

  16. 18

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Puddy-
    I get a kick outta of the same Leftist Pinheaded KLOWNS who called you an Oreo, Uncle Tom and worse trying to paint Sanders as a “racist”.
    TOO
    DAMN
    FUNNY.

    They have done ZERO to help the average Black American under ImamObaMao. ZERO!
    A few more handouts, vote Democrat and shut-up down on the plantation seems to be the arrogant white leftist mantra.

    Most of you leftist pinheads are afraid of Black folks and certainly have no Black friends. Users…that’s it.

  17. 19

    rhp6033 spews:

    Lost @ 14: France, in 1914, had a popultion of 39.6 million people. It suffered 1.37 million military deaths, and another estimated 300,000 civilian deaths as a result of the war. At 4.29%, this is the largest percentage deaths compared with the national population of any of the Allied powers, with the exception of Serbia (16.11%) and Romania (9.07%). In addition, France also had 4.26 million men wounded during the war, many of whom were effectively permanantly disabled thereafter.

    In France, the equivilent of the high school class of 1914 was just about wiped out during the war, along with the classes 1915 and 1916. After the war, France had to deal with social problems arising from the fact that women from that same period couldn’t find husbands, and hundreds of thousands of French families had lost their fathers, husbands, and sons. French farms were especially affected, as the men who would work and inherit the farms no longer existed. Farms in norther-eastern France, which had been consumed by the battles of the war, needed considerable labor to make them workabable again, and unexploded artillary shells and mines made working the fields especially hazardous.

  18. 20

    rhp6033 spews:

    “Most of you leftist pinheads are afraid of Black folks and certainly have no Black friends….”

    Now THAT would be hilarious, if it weren’t so silly to be sad.

    I’m not about to get into an argument over who has “black friends”, especially with Republicans and Wingnuts who think that because the maid or gardner doesn’t stab them in the back they must be their “friend”.

  19. 21

    Steve spews:

    “How many Frenchmen are needed to defend France against an invading army? Who knows, they’ve never tried.”

    I see that we can add the French who died in WWI and WWII to the list of folks, headed by the treasonous scum, FDR, who are hated by Lost.

  20. 22

    Steve spews:

    French war casualties, WWII,

    Military Civilian Total
    France 340,000 470,000 810,000

    You’re such a hate-filled ass, Lost.

  21. 23

    Steve spews:

    “Most of you leftist pinheads are afraid of Black folks and certainly have no Black friends.”

    5. Mr. Cynical spews:
    Barack Obama got out of the shower and was drying off
    when he looked in the mirror and noticed he was white from the neck up to
    the top of his head.
    In sheer panic and fearing he was turning white and might have to start
    working for a living
    , he called his doctor and told him of his problem.
    The doctor advised him to come to his office immediately. After an
    examination, the doctor mixed a concoction of brown liquid, gave it to
    Barack, and told him to drink it all.
    Barack drank the concoction and replied, ‘That tasted like bullshit!’
    The doctor replied, ‘It was, you were a quart low.’
    07/08/2009 at 9:11 pm

    As you’re the racist who posts here at HA, you can just STFU, KLOWN.

  22. 24

    lostinaseaofblue spews:

    Uh huh. That joke is about as old as jokes get. It’s a little like the one you hear on any flight to Italy through France by some European (English last time, Belgian the time before)- The only problem with France is that the French live there. It’s just good natured ribbing. Lighten up for goodness sake.

  23. 26

    Rujax! spews:

    yeah…”lostinhisownasshole” is SUCH a comedian. Why I laugh at just about everything he writes.

    Unless he’s making tasteless jokes about the carnage of war.

  24. 27

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    @24: There is a whole universe of jokes. Of course not all of them are funny, but many are quite hilarious.

    Apparently you don’t know any of them.

  25. 28

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 spews:

    I’m not about to get into an argument over who has “black friends”, especially with Republicans and Wingnuts who think that because the maid or gardner doesn’t stab them in the back they must be their “friend”.

    rhp6033… WTF is that comment? And you claim to be a friend to black people with vile shit like that?

    You are no better than rujax and that he is a gutter snipe!

  26. 29

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 spews:

    And now to the moron known as correctnotright,

    I see you left your Reichert let Ridgway meme go for a little while so you could make an ad hominem attack against me.

    Well dickforaface it didn’t work. First off if you ever reviewed the HA DATABAZE I have always decried how my people invoke black on black crime. Ask the dirt stain ylb to check TEH HA DATABAZE for how many times I have brought this up on this blog you filthy minded fool. You can kiss my big black ASS.

    I have always said my people are stupid to kill each other because deep down this makes them pawns for the DUMBOCRATS. I have always said on this blog where are the two loudmouths Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton going out and discussing this internal genocide of my people?

    YOU ON THE OTHER HAND ARE ONE DUMB JACKASS correctnotright. And it seems since you realized your preznit Odumba as been a failure you’ve become more vile each second.

    PUDDY IS THROUGH WITH FASCIST IDIOT SFB ASSHOLE KLOWN KNOWN AS CORRECTNOTRIGHT. I kick rujax around because he is the dumbest knife here.

    Will I use the Nina Totenberg AIDS curse on you? Nope. God and God alone will do His bidding on your sorry ASS!

  27. 30

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    rujax,

    Calling some an ASShole! Look in the mirror fool. You are the biggest arschloch here.

  28. 31

    why do liberals hate free speech? spews:

    Sanders is 100% right….people just dont want to hear the truth – they would rather be politically correct.

    sounds like juan williams part two.

    lets review how progressives operate, shall we?

    They pretend to be inclusive and open minded. Then they get a little power and before you know it, if you say something they dont like or that is PC, you lose your job. Put them in power or a little longer and instead of losingyour job, you get re-educated – against your will of course.

    leave them in power even longer and re-education turns in gulag

    leave them in power for a little longer and instead of gulag, you get disapeared.

    its liberal progressive playbook 101…how many times to do we have to witness the same pattern over the last 100 years before people see through the leftist bullshit?

    leftist liberal progressives: believe and think like they do…..or else.

    Need more proof? how about the union guy in CA that was fired from his job simply for wearing a USS George H W Bush shirt and hat? Now its not only what you say, but what you wear that will get fired…even if its to honor a US navy ship that your kid serves on.

    fortunately for the leftists, people seem to have a short memory…how else can people forget the tens upon tens of millions that the leftists have slaughtered over the last 10 decades?

    progressivism…fascism…not much difference.

  29. 32

    why do liberals hate free speech? spews:

    can someone find out if we had any churches torched this last weekend? Just wondering of Rujax went out “playing”….

  30. 33

    why do liberals hate free speech? spews:

    speaking of racism and inclusiveness…how many african american’s(beside puddy) post here?

    hmmm….my is guess none.

    the conclusion therefore is that HA, and goldy, is racist.

    sound familiar?

  31. 35

    why do liberals hate free speech? spews:

    I just hate PC leftists who want to turn this place into a socialist state where everyone must comply.

    why do you hate independent thought? oh, I know why, its because you are a progressive lemming..

  32. 36

    Puddybud identifying useless Moonbat!s since 2005 and identifying rujax as an arschloch! spews:

    #35,

    Change your name to Max Socialist!

  33. 37

    why do liberals hate free speech? spews:

    how much you wanna bet that sanders wins by a landslide now…..

    irony..its whats for dinner.

  34. 38

    Off the Rez with Rabbit spews:

    I do feel that way about Jim “Indian Hater” Johnson, who was Slade Gorton’s hatchet man in the tribal fishing wars (in which Gorton, as state attorney general, pandered to redneck voters by adopting a blatantly anti-Indian litigation policy).

    I’ve voted for Sanders, with reservations, a couple of times …