SEATTLE – The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state is not shortchanging school districts in the way it pays for special education. In an 8-1 ruling, the high court affirmed a Court of Appeals ruling sparked by a lawsuit brought by a dozen school districts across the state in Thurston County Superior Court. Read more
Richard B. Sanders
Age: 69City: Vashon, WA
On this race: Legal/Judicial Experience: First elected to Supreme Court in 1995; and reelected in 1998 and 2004. During my time on the Court, I have written more opinions than any other Justice. Before that, I practiced law for 26 years. I have also served as an adjunct professor teaching appellate advocacy at the UW School of Law, and guest lectured on state constitutional law at Seattle University.
Other Professional Experience: I am an Eagle Scout and once played the French horn in the Rose Bowl.
Education: B.S. and J.D., University of Washington
Community Service: I frequently lecture and have written many legal articles and opinion pieces explaining our constitutional rights.
Statement: A Supreme Court Justice must uphold the highest ethical standards, working to assure that government is open and the rights of citizens are protected. It has been my honor to serve on our state's highest court since 1995 and to follow these standards.
Article 1, Section 1 of our Constitution states: "governments...are established to protect and maintain individual rights." I believe that's the job description of a Justice also: we must look out for the individual citizen and protect our Constitutional rights. Sometimes this makes me seem conservative, as when I support property rights, and sometimes it makes me seem liberal, as when I call on the federal government to end the unconstitutional treatment of prisoners. But I am consistent: we have rights the government must not violate. Thomas Jefferson said the God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time. It's a good thought to remember.
Justice Sanders attracts support that cuts across the spectrum, with endorsements including: Democratic and Republican Senators; the State Republican and Libertarian Parties; judges and civil libertarians; the Association of Washington Business and union members -- more than 1,000 endorsers.
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Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results
|Richard B. Sanders||941,845||49.85%|
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I have a confession: I’m not 100 percent sure who I voted for in the Supreme Court race. I’m pretty sure. Almost positive. Odds are 5-to-1 or better that I recall which of these guys – Justice Richard Sanders or probable winner Charlie Wiggins – got my ill-informed, ill-considered vote. Read more
OLYMPIA — Ballot counting continues, if somewhat sporadically, around the state and the margin in the Supreme Court race grew slightly Monday.Challenger Charlie Wiggins has 955,298 votes compare to incumbent Richard Sanders’ 947,618.As previously reported, Wiggins lead is mathematically secure, even though there are about… Read more
State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders fell further behind challenger Charlie Wiggins on Friday and acknowledged he was unlikely to turn the campaign around. Wiggins got a boost in his vote total from ballots tabulated in King County, and has a lead of about 5,700 votes going into the weekend. Read more
The Washington Supreme Court, in a three-way opinion, has upheld the conviction of a man who tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl he’d met online who really was a Spokane police detective. All justices agreed with the ruling that upheld the attempted second-degree child rape conviction against Mitel H. Patel, rejecting the man’s claim that the case should be thrown out because there was no actual underage victim. Two sets of judges that agreed with the overall ruling but disagreed with the majority opinion submitted separate concurring opinions. Read more
Voters in King County have helped Charlie Wiggins hang onto the lead in his bid to oust incumbent Justice Richard Sanders. Read more
Former Appeals Court Judge Charlie Wiggins took a narrow lead over incumbent Justice Richard Sanders in Washington’s tight Supreme Court race Tuesday afternoon. An analysis of voting patterns suggests Wiggins will finish ahead of Sanders and take his place on the state’s highest court when all remaining ballots are counted. Read more
Charlie Wiggins took the lead in Washington state’s tight Supreme Court race, inching ahead of incumbent Justice Richard Sanders. Read more
Challenger Charlie Wiggins is cutting into Justice Richard Sanders’ lead in the contest for a state Supreme Court seat. Read more
OLYMPIA — With challenger Charlie Wiggins closing the gap on Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders— and some media outlets predicting Wiggins will win the race — Sanders’ campaign sent out a plea to supporters for money for a possible recount.”Don’t let Wiggins steal this election”… Read more
SEATTLE – Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins is cutting into the slim lead held by Justice Richard Sanders as Sanders tries to retain his seat on the Washington state Supreme Court. In updated vote totals Thursday evening, Sanders led 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent. That was a slight improvement for Wiggins, who trailed by 2 percentage points to start the day. Read more
SEATTLE – Justice Richard Sanders maintained a narrow lead in his bid for a fourth term on the state Supreme Court as more votes were counted Wednesday, but challenger Charlie Wiggins said he was encouraged by his performance in the state’s most populous county. Sanders had 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent for Wiggins. About two-thirds of the statewide vote has been counted, but a significant portion of the uncounted ballots were in King County, where Wiggins was collecting nearly 57 percent. Read more
Two Washington Supreme Court justices stunned some participants at a recent meeting when they made comments suggesting that racial bias plays no significant role in the criminal justice system, The Seattle Times reported today. Read more
Incumbent Justice Richard Sanders beat Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins in a three-way primary election. As the top two vote-getters, both candidates advanced to the Nov. 2 general election because Sanders failed to capture more than 50 percent of the vote in the race, which eliminated Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff. Read more
The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state’s ban on Internet gambling doesn’t run afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s protections of interstate trade. Read more
OLYMPIA – Washington state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders is no stranger to controversy, and his bid to seek a fourth term has led to an unusually spirited campaign that may extend beyond the primary. Sanders has drawn two opponents, former Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Wiggins and Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff. Read more
Let’s state up front that Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders is exasperating, which is why the race for Position 6 on the Washington state Supreme Court is so interesting. If he were vying for an ethics position, he would be a questionable candidate. He was officially admonished in 2005 for touring the McNeil Island facility for sexual predators when some of the inmates had open cases. He failed to disclose his personal interest in a public records case, which caused the Supreme Court to withdraw an important ruling. Long ago, he showed up at an anti-abortion rally. Read more