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Frank Vulliet


Washington Supreme Court

Position Four

Frank VullietCurrent Occupation/Employer: Third generation Washingtonian; self-employed, semi-retired lawyer closely following national affairs and writing a book tentatively entitled "Taking Stock . . .: Whatís Still Right and Whatís Gone Wrong in America: What YOU Can Do About It".

Legal/Judicial Experience: Over 30 years of varied, diverse trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts representing clients from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Frequent arbitration and mediation service. Served as a Military Magistrate in the 13th Naval District.

Education: BA, University of Washington; JD, University of California Hastings College of the Law; continuing independent study of politics, history, and economics.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I want to improve the quality and output of decisions from the Supreme Court and lower courts and increase efficiency in our judicial system. The first goal can be accomplished through intellectual honesty ensuring all decisions accurately describe the facts and the issues the parties present, not something of a courtís creation. A decision that does not meet these standards does not decide the case presented, but one of the Courtís creation. The end result may or may not be just. Unfortunately, only the parties and their lawyers usually realize this. Moreover, gross (and easily avoided) errors by a court leads to more litigation and additional, avoidable cost to the parties and the taxpayer.

I will work to implement a meaningful evaluation system of appellate judges so citizens can cast their votes intelligently and with understanding. I will urge the Court to take up and decide more cases, particularly involving differences between Court of Appeals divisions. Leaving such issues undecided leaves uncertainty as to the law and creates unnecessary and/or more costly litigation. The number of cases decided by the Supreme Court today is far lower than in the past when there were only seven Justices with less staff and without the advantages of computer research and word processing.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Jim Beecher and Charles Johnson  
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats
For Municipal League of King County
Streaming video: For Position 4

Video Voters' Guide:

Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Not Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Asoociation * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Very Good Outstanding Not Qualified
GLBT Bar Asoociaion of Washington
* Qualified *
Washington Association of
Prosecuting Attorneys
* Well Qualified *
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Well Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Kitsap Sun    
Seattle P-I    
Seattle Times    
Spokane Spokesman-Review    
The Stranger    
Tacoma News-Tribune    
Vancouver Columbian    

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.)

Charles Johnson 07/31/2008 $72,978.98 $65,802.78

Media stories:
    August 12, 2008
Seattle Tunes   Decision could be quick in state Supreme Court races
    August 10, 2008
The Olympian   Campaign trail for August 10
    August 4, 2008
The Olympian   It's still a race for 2 spots on top court
    August 3, 2008
Everett Herald   Unlike 2006, state Supreme Court primary gets little attention from interest groups
    June 11, 2008
Seattle P-I   Court contenders vow fair fight
    June 3, 2008
The Olympian   Two state justices plan fair re-runs
    May 25, 2008
Tacoma News Tribune   Growing rancor a chilling effect on court races
    April 7, 2008
The Olympian   Few step up to challenge seated justices
    March 30, 2008
Seattle Times   [Editorial] The highest court merits a deep field
    March 17, 2008
The Olympian   WA Justice Charles Johnson seeks another high court term

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