PROPERTY RIGHTS

For me individual rights and property rights are on the same side of the coin; on the other side is the power of government to regulate.  It is not my job to set policy, but it is my job to make sure that our state and local governments act within the constitutional framework established by the people.  I strongly support …

THE UP-SKIRT PHOTOGRAPH CASE

In 2002, at the top of his show Jay Leno, announced, “Yesterday, Bobby Bridge, of the all male Washington State Supreme Court ruled that it was OK to take pictures up girls’ skirts.” If you have been following my blogs, I am still dishing it back to the electronic media.  Of course, Bobbe Bridge is a woman and a remarkable …

COLEMAN-FRANKEN ELECTION

Another court decided another election when the Minnesota Supreme Court decided the Coleman-Franken election.  I lament.  Ever since Bush v. Gore in 2000, it seems that every close election involves a trip to the courthouse.  Generally speaking, I think courts should be very reluctant to get into the election deciding business. Don’t get me wrong, state supreme courts should not …

OPEN GOVERNMENT

One of the most frequent questions I hear is whether partisan politics affects the decisions of the Washington Supreme Court.  My answer is an emphatic NO!  My colleagues and I are affected by our core values, but not our partisan politics.  I am a true independent.  There are things that I like and things that I dislike about both of …

THERE ARE LIES, DAMN LIES, AND POLITICS

STATE SUPREME COURT DECLARES IT IS OKAY TO LIE, read the headlines. Similar headlines appeared across the state.  It was a great day for the talk show hosts.  Each morning they are faced with the daunting task of culling the news for articles they can use to whip their listeners into enough indignation and outrage to pick up the phone. …

THE CASE OF THE SNOOPY MOM

In my last entry, I teed off on talk show hosts.  Here’s what I said: Each morning they are faced with the daunting task of culling the news for articles they can use to whip their listeners into enough indignation and outrage to pick up the phone.   Few in the electronic media bother to read our opinions although they are …

FOSTER CHILDREN

Perhaps you have read in the newspaper near the end of June, that the State was again in court for not doing enough for foster children.  A Whatcom County judge recently held that the State, although spending substantial sums of money and hiring hundreds on new case workers, still had not fulfilled its settlement agreement following the Braam decision.  Let …