Incumbent Justice Steven González overcame a left-field challenge from attorney Nathan Choi on Tuesday in the only contested race for Washington’s Supreme Court. González led 68 percent to 32 percent for Choi in the nonpartisan contest after initial election-night ballot counts. González, 55, a former King County Superior Court judge, was appointed to the high court in 2011 and won election to a six-year-term in 2012. He was rated “exceptionally well qualified” by 10 bar associations in Washington this time around and raised about $326,000 for his re-election bid. Choi, 46, an attorney based in Bellevue, raised no money and didn’t actively campaign. His website posted links to various conspiracy theories, including videos about the Deep State, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Titanic’s sinking. Choi was admonished by the King County Bar Association for violating its guidelines on fair campaigns after an unsuccessful bid for … [Read more...] about Gonzalez repels challenger Nathan Choi, will retain his seat on the Washington Supreme Court
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Six years ago, Steven Gonzalez’s last name likely cost him votes in his first race for the Washington State Supreme Court. He won nonetheless and hopes he can keep the seat as he runs for re-election against an opponent, Nathan Choi, who has raised no money, has no bar ratings and has links on his website to YouTube videos about the “Deep State.” Gonzalez is one of three justices up for re-election this year and the only one with a challenger. Justices Susan Owens and Sheryl Gordon McCloud are running unopposed after their opponents were bounced from the ballot because they were disbarred lawyers. In recent weeks, the Supreme Court has gotten lots of attention because of high-profile rulings overturning the death penalty and life without parole for juveniles, as well as a ruling upholding the state’s reworked charter school law. But the races for Supreme Court, like most judicial contests, have drawn scant attention. Now that ballots have been mailed out, … [Read more...] about Gonzalez vs. Choi: How much will a name help — or hurt — in a race for Washington State Supreme Court?
Washington voters have no choice but to re-elect the three state Supreme Court justices running for re-election this year. Fortunately the incumbents, Susan Owens, Sheryl McCloud and Steve Gonzalez, are all eminently qualified. While there may be various points of disagreement with each, they are members of a strong, feisty and productive panel that’s also active in efforts to improve the judicial system statewide, address bias and broaden participation. Generations of Washingtonians should benefit from the current justices’ firm hand in education reform, which forced Gov. Jay Inslee and legislators to finally fulfill their constitutional obligation to amply fund public schools via the McCleary case. Only Justice Steve Gonzalez faces a challenge on the ballot, from Nathan Choi, a Bellevue attorney. Choi is not a reasonable option. He failed to abide by state campaign disclosure rules during a 2017 run for appellate judge and appears to be doing so again this year. He was … [Read more...] about The Times recommends: Retain three state Supreme Court justices
Uber and Lyft’s data on what Seattle neighborhoods they serve — where they pick up and drop off passengers — may be a trade secret, as the companies claim, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can continue to keep it secret, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that the state’s Public Records Act allows government documents containing trade secrets to be withheld “only if disclosure would clearly not be in the public interest and would substantially and irreparably damage a person or a vital government interest.” The information under dispute is not passenger-level data which could raise privacy concerns, but rather data on how often Uber and Lyft drivers serve specific ZIP codes. Proponents of releasing the data argue that it could be used to determine whether the companies are fairly serving all areas of the city. The case will now be sent back to King County Superior Court to determine whether … [Read more...] about Uber and Lyft may have to disclose Seattle data they claim secret, Supreme Court rules
The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday dealt another blow to a local not-for-profit organization trying to stop construction of King County’s new Children and Family Justice Center to replace the aging Youth Services Center in Seattle’s Central District. End the Prison Industrial Complex — known as EPIC — appealed a King County Superior Court ruling that it was too late in filing its challenge to the issuance of the project’s master-use permit, surpassing the 21-day limit for appeals to be filed. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the superior court’s ruling. “King County is pleased with today’s Court of Appeals decision regarding the Children and Family Justice Center. Construction continues on the replacement for the decrepit, obsolete Youth Services Center, and we are on schedule for opening the new facility in 2019,” Cameron Satterfield, a spokesman for the county’s department of executive services, said in an email … [Read more...] about Court of Appeals upholds permit for King County’s controversial new youth jail