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Acknowledged for his expertise in legal integrity, Charlie has never been charged with any violation of law or breach of ethics and is highly respected by colleagues, judges, and citizens across the state. Click here to see who is endorsing Charlie.

* In 2008 Charlie received the Professionalism Award from the Young Lawyers section of the Washington State Bar Association. He is a Washington Law & Politics Super Lawyer and was chosen for the national publication Best Lawyers in America.
* Martindale-Hubbell, a widely-respected legal directory, gave Charlie the highest possible ethics rating
* Charlie's impeccable record and outstanding reputation were recognized by the Washington State Bar Association, which chose him to be Chair of the Disciplinary Board, which disciplines lawyers who violate legal ethics.

Charlie is running against Justice Sanders because Justice Sanders has a very different record:

* Justice Sanders was disciplined by the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct for improperly personally interviewing sexually violent predators with cases pending before the Supreme Court. Nine judges unanimously agreed that Sanders' conduct created an improper appearance that he might favor the sexually violent predators. (Click here to see the opinion)
* Judges cannot decide a case in which they have an interest in the outcome, but in 2009, Justice Sanders wrote a majority opinion for the Court that directly benefited him, since he was a party in a very similar case on appeal. (Click here to see the opinion) The Court was forced to withdraw the decision and hear argument again without Sanders. News media across the state uniformly condemned Sanders' participation in the case. (Read stories in The Seattle P.I., KOMO News, Tacoma News Tribune, and Spokesman-Review uniformly condemning Sanders' participation in the case)
* The justices of the Supreme Court make the final decision for all violations of lawyer ethics. In 2007 Justice Sanders dissented from the decision of the 8 other justices to disbar a lawyer who sexually molested a former client who was 11 years old at the time. Sanders thought the lawyer should not be disbarred, but only suspended temporarily. (Click here to see the opinion and Sanders' dissent)


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