“Who sits on Appellate Courts matters”

Here is another letter about Thomas Bjorgen, this time in the Peninsula Daily News.

Support Tom Bjorgen for Appeals Court Judge

Bear in mind that all legal cases appealed to the Appellate Court have to be heard by this Court, where as the Supreme Court can pick the cases it wants to hear. This means that Appellate Court decisions stand in most cases and are cited in future legal briefs as “case law.” This is why who sits on Appellate Courts matters.

The Olympic Peninsula has an outstanding candidate for retiring Judge David Armstrong’s seat on this Court. Tom Bjorgen. In addition to Judge Armstrong’s endorsement, Bjorgen is endorsed by many judges, including former Chief Justices of the state Supreme Court, Gerry Alexander and Robert Utter.

Bjorgen has been awarded several of the highest attorney ratings by legal organizations. Martindale Hubbell, the leading national attorney rating service, awarded him its highest rating, AV Preeminent. The Washington Women Lawyers rated him as Exceptionally Well Qualified for this position, its top rating. He also won the preference poll of the Kitsap Bar Association for this race.

What importantly sets Bjorgen apart from his opponent, solely a criminal prosecuting attorney, an expertise already well represented on this court, is his broad civil legal expertise — almost half the cases heard before this court — covering land use and the environment, service as a WA State government attorney representing the public’s interest, as a private attorney representing individuals facing government action, and as a Hearings Examiner and Mediator.

For a complete listing of endorsements and more information, go to: http://www.BjorgenforJudge.com

Darlene Schanfald
Sequim WA