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August 12, 2008 5:13 PM

Judging King County Superior Court judge candidates

Posted by Kate Riley

In Wednesday's paper, The Seattle Times makes its recommendations in six contested King County Superior Court races. Read them today online.

Also, check out votingforjudges.org, an award-winning, impartial Web site with links to information about judicial candidates, including biographies, campaign finance information and other ratings.

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Posted by caroline

11:44 PM, Aug 12, 2008

Regarding your endorsement for King County Superior position 22, Rebeccah Graham's experience far exceeds Julia Garratt's. A review of their respective King County Bar Association questionnaires shows that Ms. Graham has tried twice as many cases as Ms. Garratt. Additionally, most of Ms. Garratt's pro tem judicial experience has been limited to juvenile court matters while Ms. Graham has presided over a broad array of criminal and civil cases in district, municipal and superior court. Ms. Graham has a depth and breadth of trial and judicial experience that Ms. Garratt, despite her longer legal career, lacks.

Ms. Graham's community involvement and support also exceeds Ms. Garratt's. Ms. Grahams contributions include serving on the board of directors of the Northwest Children's Fund, a nonprofit that works on behalf of abused and neglected children, working with homeless women, mentoring minority law students, and active involvement in the local bar association as well as the Loren Miller Bar Association (the African-American bar). Her community support is deep and BI-PARTISAN, unlike Ms. Garratt's (see websites for endorsers).

Finally, Ms. Garratt has recently realized her ambition of becoming a judicial officer. Two weeks ago she was appointed as a King County Superior Court Commissioner. She will now be working full-time, not just part-time, at juvenile court. The citizens of King County will best be served by having these two qualified individuals as judicial officers - Ms. Garratt as a newly appointed Commissioner and Ms. Graham as the next King County Superior Court Judge in seat 22.

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