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Jean Rietschel


King County Superior Court

Position 37

Jean RietschelBIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: In her 12 years as a Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Jean was Presiding Judge for 3 years, and on the Court’s Executive Committee for eight years. She’s been a member of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Board; Chair, Trial Court Coordinating Counsel; Chair, King County Regional Law and Justice Committee; Chair, Regional Relicensing Summit; and Co-chair, Misdemeanor Work Group. She worked for eight years in the Public Defender Association in all divisions: felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, dependency, appeal, and civil commitments. Before that, she was in private practice, handling juvenile, criminal, personal injury, consumer bankruptcy, domestic partnership, adoption, wills and probate matters.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: Judge Jean Rietschel has been a judge in King County for the past 12 years, adjudicating more than 1,000 cases in Municipal Court ranging from domestic violence, criminal infractions and land use disputes. She led the Seattle Municipal Court as its Presiding Judge. She has heard more cases than all of the other candidates running for open seats this election season.

She has been rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by the King County, Asian Bar, Washington Women Lawyers, Latina/o, and GLBT Bar Associations. She has consistently been top-rated by attorney evaluation polls throughout her career.

Judge Jean took the lead in writing the Misdemeanor Report, which saves money and reduces the number of defendants who fail to show up in court by offering alternative sanctions and relicensing programs. She established the new Domestic Violence Court to hold suspects more accountable. The Alternatives to Confinement program was also her idea – to save dollars and promote rehabilitation in cases where offenders were non-violent.

Judge Jean is endorsed by more than 30 Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, and bench court judges; Women’s Political Caucus; most of the Seattle City Council members; many local legislators including Speaker Frank Chopp; and your friends and neighbors.

Official web site:  
Opponent: Nic Corning and Barbara Mack
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats
For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

King County
Bar Association
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Well Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Very Good Very Good Outstanding
GLBT Bar Association of Washington
Well Qualified Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified

Important note! Each of these organizations uses its own standards and rating terms when evaluating candidates; please check their pages for further information. We do not have ratings for candidates with an asterisk (*), and the reasons vary. Some evaluations may still be in process, or we might not have received them yet; some candidates may not have been offered an opportunity to participate, or they may have declined to participate. Again, please check the organizations' pages for further details.


Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle P-I    
Seattle Times    
The Stranger    

Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed data from the Public Disclosure Commission. Note that summary numbers here might not match detailed data for various reasons.)

Nic Corning 08/13/2008 $36,724.63 $32,947.26
Barbara Mack 08/13/2008 $30,650.51 $28,124.88
Jean Rietschel 08/13/2008 $46,270.00 $31,449.55
, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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