Washington State Bar Association hides its report on racism since 2007; “Let the sunshine in”


In 2007, a Seattle newspaper managed to obtain the Washington State Bar Association’s 2007 Report on Racism. When the newspaper published it, the Washington State Bar Association threatened to sue, forcing the little weekly newspaper to remove it or fight the Bar’s government racket.

The WSBA’s report below confirms beyond any shadow of a doubt countless articles published by the Gold Bar Reporter confirming that racism is alive and well in Washington State, and deeply embedded inside the Washington State Bar Association itself.


This report only solidifies our findings/reports that the Washington State Bar Association has placed attorneys inside Washington State agency as “risk management” as a way of stopping good attorneys from exposing the massive corruption, racketeering, Anti -Trust, and discrimination inside Washington agencies all over the state.

Another blogger at www.snocoreporter.com managed to obtain a copy of the below Bar report from another source.

What should be noted is that when the Reporter requested a copy of this report from the Washington State Bar Association last year, the Bar untruthfully claimed that it did not exist. I always said ” at the center of the rotten onion is the Washington State Bar Association.”

The report stated that the Washington State Bar’s Board of Governor refused to take a stand against racism, probably because the Washington State Bar Association disciplined 80 % more minorities, thus is guilty of racism too.

The Board of Governors is the WSBA’s governing body directed by the Washington Supreme Court to determine the general policies of the Bar and approve its budget annually. The Board consists of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, members elected from each of the state’s congressional districts and three at-large members.

The Board meets seven times each year at locations across the state. Except for executive sessions, Board meetings are open to the public. The Board has several committees, and governors serve as liaisons to WSBA committees.


Robin Lynn Haynes | President (2016-2017)

Robin HaynesRobin Lynn Haynes is president of the Washington State Bar Association, the Bar’s youngest president to date. She was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in June 2012, representing new and young lawyers. Since then, she has been active with the MCLE Task force and the MCLE Board, the Washington Young Lawyers Committee, the Committee for Professional Ethics, the Board’s Legislative Committee, and the Washington State Bar Foundation.

She practices employment and commercial litigation with McNeice Wheeler in Spokane and Seattle. She was previously the first woman partner at Reed & Giesa, P.S. in Spokane (2011), and spent two years as a litigation and employment principal at Witherspoon Kelley in Spokane.

Haynes is a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division and a former board member for the Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Program. In 2012, she was named the WSBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. She also is a founding Board member for the Washington Vets Will Clinic; a Moderate Means attorney; and an active member of Planned Parenthood’s Women’s Leadership Circle.

Finally, she is a “Triple Zag,” having earned her undergraduate, master’s, and law degrees from Gonzaga University, where she remains an active mentor.


Bradford E. Furlong | President-Elect (2016-2017)


Bradford E. Furlong is president-elect of the WSBA. He was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2013. He concentrates his practice on healthcare, municipal, real estate and land-use law. He is a member of the Washington Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Committee and teaches professional ethics for the WSBA. He is the Skagit County hearing examiner pro tem and has served as judge pro tem in both superior and district courts.

Furlong also serves as general counsel to Skagit Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics, the Port of Skagit County, and the Skagit County Public Facilities District. He has been town attorney for La Conner since 1988, city attorney for Anacortes since 2008, and general counsel for the North Sound Regional Support Network and the Skagit Land Trust.

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1982 after attending the University of California, Davis, and received his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from The Evergreen State College.


William D. Hyslop | Immediate Past President (2016-2017)

William-D-Hyslop William Hyslop is the immediate past president of the WSBA. He was elected president-elect in September 2014 and served as president September 2015–September 2016. He practices in civil litigation and dispute resolution for Lukins & Annis, P.S., in Spokane, where he is a principal. He has practiced for the firm since 1980, with the exception of 1991-1993, when he served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. An active member of Washington’s legal community, Hyslop has been involved in many WSBA activities and served on the Board of Governors in 2000–2003.

In 2006, he was awarded the WSBA President’s Award in recognition of his work in the Spokane community and service to the legal profession. He is a past president of the Federal Bar Association of the Eastern District of Washington and a former co-chair of the WSBA Committee on Public Defense. He is a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association and of the Washington State University Alumni Association.

Hyslop earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington, and his undergraduate degree from Washington State University.


G. Kim Risenmay | Governor, District 1 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. G. Kim Risenmay G. Kim Risenmay was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He is licensed in Washington as both an attorney and a certified public accountant. For nearly 30 years, he has practiced in multistate tax services for major law firms. He served as the state tax consulting partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Seattle. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Seattle law firm of Bogle & Gates. He served as senior of-counsel attorney in charge of state and local tax services for the Seattle office of the Stoel Rives law from 2008 until 2014, when he opened his own boutique law firm in Redmond.

He has testified before the state Legislature, served on state-agency stakeholder committees to draft regulations, and taught for four years at the University of Washington School of Law.

Risenmay is a military veteran who began practicing law at age 34. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. And he received an LL.M in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law.


Rajeev Majumdar | Governor, District 2 (2016-2019)

Rajeev MajumdarRajeev Majumdar was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016, replacing Brad Furlong, who now serves as the WSBA’s president-elect. Majumdar focuses his practice on civil litigation and business-oriented law at the Law Offices of Roger Ellingson, PS in Blaine, Washington.

He serves as prosecutor in jurisdictions including Blaine, Bellingham’s Mental Health Diversion Court, and the Nooksack Nation. As an adjunct professor at Western Washington University, he teaches rights, liberties and justice in America. He previously worked for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., helping to establish protocols of cooperation between the U.S. and other nations to ensure the containment of weapons of mass destruction technology.

In 2015, Majumdar received the WSBA Local Hero Award for his work in improving public access to civil legal aid and advocating for homeless youth. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and philosophy from the Albertson College of Idaho; master’s degrees in international affairs and public administration from the University of Washington; and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.


Jill A. Karmy | Governor, District 3 and Treasurer (2014-2017)


Jill Karmy was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She is the managing member of Karmy Law Office, PLLC, in Clark County. Her practice consists of representing injured workers before the Department of Labor and Industries, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and superior and appellate courts. Karmy has been an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice since 2006 and previously served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners.

She received her undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College in California and her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.


William D. Pickett | Governor, District 4 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Bill Pickett William Pickett was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He is a solo practitioner in central Washington, where he focuses his practice on trial advocacy in personal-injury and wrongful-death matters, civil rights and police misconduct, and medical malpractice. He is a frequent guest speaker on trial advocacy, police misconduct, and medical negligence issues. He is licensed to practice law in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

Pickett serves as an adjunct faculty member in the LL.M. Trial Advocacy Degree Program for Temple University School of Law. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, which monitors law enforcement misconduct across the country.

Born and raised in Yakima, Pickett received his B.A. degree in society and justice from the University of Washington in 1994, and his law degree in 1997 from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He later earned an LL.M. degree in trial advocacy in 2007 from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. In addition, he is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming.


Angela M. Hayes | Governor, District 5 (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Angela HayesAngela Hayes was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. She serves as in-house legal counsel for Associated Industries in Spokane, where, among other work, she provides training and advising on a variety of employment- and labor-related issues.

She previously was a managing partner of Randall & Danskin, P.S., where her practice areas included civil litigation, trust and estate dispute litigation, guardianship, and medical negligence defense. She has served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners since 2003 and was a trustee at the Spokane County Bar Association 2003–2005 and 2009–2011.

A Spokane native, Hayes earned her undergraduate degrees in English and communication at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Washington State University. She graduated summa cum laude in 1998 from Gonzaga University of School of Law.


Keith M. Black | Governor, District 6 (2014-2017)

Keith-M-BlackKeith Black currently serves as a pro tem hearing examiner in land use and environmental matters. A former law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals Division II, he was an associate at the Tacoma law firm of Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell; served under five elected prosecuting attorneys for Pierce County; and was appointed chief civil deputy, serving for 20 years in that position. Black is active with the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, having served as its president, on its board of trustees, and on its editorial board.

He received his law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law, where he was associate and senior editor of its law review.


Ann Danieli | Governor, District 7-North (2014-2017)

Ann-M-DanieliAnn Danieli was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She has been an attorney in King County for more  than 30 years. She has served the public as a prosecutor, a public defender and a judge pro tem.

Danieli received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.


James K. Doane | Governor, District 7-South (2015-2018)

James K. Doane James Doane was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He serves as corporate counsel for Costco Wholesale, and previously was a partner at Preston Gates Ellis (now K & L Gates) for 15 years. He is a former chair of the WSBA Corporate Counsel Section and chair of the Diversity/Pro Bono Committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington Chapter. He also serves as vice-president and trustee of The Rainier Club.

Fluent in Japanese, Doane studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, and received his undergraduate degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Andrea S. Jarmon | Governor, District 8 (2014-2017)

Andrea-S-JarmonAndrea S. Jarmon was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. She is the managing attorney of Jarmon Law Group, PLLC, in Tacoma. Her practice focuses on criminal defense and family law, including representation of children and parents in dependency actions.

In addition to her law practice, Jarmon is an adjunct instructor at Green River Community College. She has previously served as an assistant attorney general for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, a city prosecutor for Auburn and Seattle, and a full-time paralegal instructor.

She received both of her undergraduate degrees and her law degree from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Loren Miller Bar Association and the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association.


Dan Bridges | Governor, District 9 (2016-2019)

Dan BridgesDan Bridges was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016, when he replaced Elijah Forde as District-9 governor. Bridges is a partner with McGaughey Bridges Dunlap, PLLC. He has tried over 50 jury trials in state and U.S. District Court and argued more than 30 appeals in Washington Supreme Court, all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And he serves as a superior court arbitrator in four Washington counties.

Bridges received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law).


Christina Meserve | Governor, District 10 (2016-2019)

Chris MeserveChristina Meserve was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016. She is a family law attorney and has been with Connolly Tacon & Meserve for 36 years. Her practice focuses on arbitration, divorce, custody and support, mediation, and prenuptial agreements. A former president of the Thurston County Bar Association, Meserve also served on the board of trustees of The Evergreen State College.

Meserve has served on the WSBA’s Judicial Recommendation, Character and Fitness, and Legislative committees. Early in her career, she was president of Washington Women Lawyers and served as its liaison to the WSBA Board of Governors.

She received her undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College and her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.


Athan Papailiou | Governor, At-Large and Treasurer (2016-2019)

Athan PapailiouAthan Papailiou was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016. He is a litigator at Pacifica Law Group in Seattle. Before entering private practice, Papailiou served as a judicial law clerk for Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the QLaw Foundation.

Papailiou received his law degree from the University of Arizona and undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. As a member of UA’s Law & Behavior Research Group, Papailiou investigated the efficacy of jury instructions addressing the unreliability of eyewitness identification evidence.


Mario M. Cava | Governor, At-Large (2014-2017)

Mario-M-CavaMario Cava was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2014. He is a senior litigation auditor with Enterprise Legal Services at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Previously, Cava was field counsel with the Law Offices of Sweeney Heit & Dietzler, and was a trial attorney at Associated Counsel for the Accused. He previously served on the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee and was a member of the 2012 class of the Washington Leadership Institute.

Cava received his undergraduate degree in psychology and politics from Whitman College and his law degree from American University Washington College of Law.


Sean Davis | Governor, At-Large (2015-2018)

WSBA Gov. Sean Davis Sean Davis was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He practices as a tort litigator for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. Previously, he served as an assistant attorney general in Washington, practicing in the Torts and Labor and Industries divisions.

Davis was part of the 2014 Washington Leadership Institute, a program that recruits, trains, and develops minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the legal community. He serves as a captain in the United States Air Force Reserve, working in the legal office of McChord Field.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Davis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

” May the sunshine where it never shinned before”





“When honor and the Law no longer stand on the same side of the line, how do we choose[?]” Anne Bishop

UPDATED: Maliciously prosecuted by King County Washington Prosecutor’s Office using a convicted drug addict and Brady Cop, also a King County Animal Control Officer, Jenee Westberg, Jason Markley files a Personal Restraint Petition citing gross constitutional violations by King County Prosecutor’s Office 

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Three months ago, the Gold Bar Reporter broke the following corruption scandal involving the several King County Prosecutors.  In total, the Gold Bar Reporter uncovered 23 animal abuse scams involving two known King County Brady Cops, Robin Cleary and Jenee Westberg. Both Clearly and Westberg have been fired for fraud and misconduct.


 Stand firm. And he raised his staff over the King County sea of corruption and the sea parted… 

Then Washington State Bar criminal defense counsel Kevin Tarvin changed his mind and let the sea swallow up his clients…

Do you have any idea how big this is? Says defense counsel Kevin Tarvin for Jason Markley…

King County government officials committing RICO offenses against property owners to distress the property in favor of developers.


When Washington State attorney Kevin Tarvin ( Tarvin) first noticed King County animal control officer, Jenee Westberg in court, she had obviously gained an unhealthy amount of weight since he viewed her online photos he grabbed. Her body was bulging its way out of her King County Animal Control uniform at every seam.

Her teeth were stained badly and deteriorating. Her hair was dry and un-kept. Tarvin knew these symptoms well. He had, decades ago, directed his practice to defending DUI’s and drug offenses mostly in district court. Most of his clients were addicts. If anyone knew, Tavin did.

At one time, Tarvin was a young promising prosecutor in the City of Kirkland with a shining career ahead of him. But a political scandal had him abandoning that path. He was accused of breaching the privacy of the defendant’s home using photo “evidence” that was taken of a political sign through an un-curtained window with a zoom lens… in the privacy of an innocent person’s home.

While that was a long time ago, Kevin was staying out of politics now. And he did that for years, as far as he could, even though as a devote Mormon it meant dealing with defending drug addicts. He was making a good living traveling to little district court “cattle calls” all over the state defending the non-descript clients who gladly pay him $1,000 – $2,000 a pop to keep them out of jail for their night boozing and drugging on the town.

Somehow Tarvin and his officemate Gene Piculell managed to reel in a nice married couple accused of animal cruelty from another attorney. How that happened was sketchy and smelled fishy but each of them had a client and all the same evidence to use. Double the case revenue with half the effort.

When Tavin first saw Westberg that day in person, it was unmistakable. She was using drugs.

Like any good defense attorney, he headed straight for the computer in his office. He searched for Jenee Westberg in the district court dockets listed online. Viola! Two hits! His intuition and experience were spot on.

King County Deputy Prosecutor Gretchen Holmgren’s star witness King County Animal Control Officer Jenee Westberg had been felony arrested for shoplifting at the Kent Kmart and attempted bribery of a police officer with the $500 she had in her purse in 2006. She lied repeatedly to the police prompting a second search of her purse revealing more theft she had lied about having. She pled guilty. This means there was a conviction. Inexplicably, the judge gave her a pass. The case was deferred – meaning it would be dismissed if she stayed out of trouble for 12 months. (To Westberg that means not getting caught because she was a career criminal and that career was going strong at that point).

In 2008, Westberg was felony arrested again. This time it was even more spectacular, a 19-count drug arrest. It’s called VUCSA, Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

According to the police report Westberg, through her sometime incoherent drug super, lied repeatedly to the Black Diamond Police just as she did in the shoplifting case two years earlier. This time it was the perfect storm. She was driving impaired, smoking a full pipe of pot, no insurance, no registration, someone else’s car, wet empty alcohol containers in the back, and a plethora of illegal drugs – including Oxycodone – in pharmaceutical containers that did not have her name on them.

She refused a field sobriety test two months before it would have meant a license revocation.   Refusing a field sobriety test as a King County employee was also was grounds for immediate termination and she was guilty of animal cruelty – she had her little dog in the car getting exposed to her drug smoking with her during her DUI.   The irony of it.

However there was a problem. At the time, she was slotted to give testimony in some 15 cases of animal cruelty for the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

After carefully placing her badge in plain view of Police Officer Huff because Westberg didn’t have her license on her, she attempted to convince Officer Huff to give her “professional courtesy.” Huff wasn’t going for it. Jenee got arrested.

Her supervisor, ACO Steve Courvion was called to come get her dog while the K-9’s alerted on the door panels and the car doors were dismantled. Jenee was placed in the back seat of Huff’s patrol car where she passed out still handcuffed. Office Huff took her photograph. Huff spent a great deal of time explaining to Courvion that there would be no professional courtesy.

This whole event was a bit problematic for Dan Satterberg and his King County prosecutors since Westberg was their main squeeze for alleging phony allegations of animal cruelty on innocent people so they could raid them of their animals, financially disable them then steal their properties.

Westberg was their primary witness. They had spent year training her through her mother Anne Westberg and her boss KCDPA Dan Clark. Westberg knew just how to phony up the photo evidence cropping the photos so that she could testify to something that didn’t exist. Westberg had been trained well by her boss ACO Dave Morris and Hope for Horses Jenny Edwards, Satterberg’s pet “experts” who were faces for animal rights extremeists Susan Michaels from Pasado’s Save Haven. Westberg knew exactly how to take photos somewhere else then testify that it was the defendant’s property, She even photographed different horses and would claim that those were the original horse.

Of course Tarvin didn’t know any of this at the time. Tarvin thought he had it in the bag. He would be a hero… like Moses parting the sea. King County Deputy Prosecutor Gretchen Holmgren (yes that’s Seahawk’s coach’s youngest) was caught in a spectacular – very public – bonafided Brady violation.

[Brady information is when the prosecutor is supposed to hand over any “exculpatory” information on the case. (“Exculpatory” means evidence that tends to prove the innocence of the person they are prosecuting). This was based on a case known as Brady vs. Maryland thus a Brady violation if the prosecutor fails to bring it up and is caught.] – It’s a very big deal.

Tarvin was very excited. He immediately demanded Gretchen turn over the Westberg case files.   After all it was King County who prosecuted Westberg for the VUSCA drug case four years earlier.

Tarvin wrote a scathing email to KCDPA Gretchen Holmgren. Gene Piculell, (Tarvin’s officemate defending Markley’s wife) followed up with another rather lengthy and angry diatribe).  It was a historic breach that created such a chasm in the waters of the King County, the earth trembled. The shaking could felt in China. They were both incensed and accused Gretchen of being ”casual” and “cavalier” with his client’s lives.



And indeed Gretchen was. She was a woman without a soul. The apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree it seems.



But what Tarvin and Piculell did not know at the time was that Westberg was untouchable. That came straight from the top. Tarvin, who had been so successful at keeping out of his former prosecutor loop, didn’t get the memo.

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Westberg’s mother, Ann Westberg, worked for Dan Clark who was the Criminal Chief Deputy Prosecutor at the Regional Justice Center. Clark was (and is still) also the chair of the “Brady committee” who decides what officer gets put on the Brady list… or not. (This is a list of people who can’t be trusted to tell the truth under oath). Somehow Westberg never made the list. It was now 2012.

Gretchen Holmgren got Tarvin’s demand for Westberg’s Brady data as she did the previous counsel a year earlier from Markley’s former counsel. At this point according to other sources, it appears Gretchen, in a panic, called public defender Dave Roberson, the man around town who likes high profile. He was the defense version of the “fixer.”


He had been called in to take a case from a public defender who was about to expose the phony animal cruelty case with Westberg a month earlier because the defendant was busy digging up fraud in the case. In that case, Roberson moved quickly and successfully suppressed every piece exculpatory of evidence including the video tape of the event taken of the incompetent veterinarian Hannah Mueller Evergreen and Jenee Westberg creating phony photo evidence.

Roberson threw the case.   In fact, at the time of Kevin Tarvin’s discovery of Westberg’s criminal background Roberson had just finished throwing his client under the bus in concert with King County Deputy Prosecutor, Maggie Nave – his King County prosecutor counterpart “fixer” prosecutor in front of Judge Jim Rogers.

In Roberson’s case, the background information about Westberg came after the fixed trial and tampered jury found her guilty. Roberson’s client was facing sentencing.

It was at that sentencing that Roberson disclosed the Brady violation to the court from Markley’s case. While King County Deputy Prosecutor Maggie Nave passively stood there agreeing with Roberson, she denied knowing anything about Westberg’s Brady issues.

Apparently Nave just “forgot” to mention she was the lead prosecutor who arranged Westberg’s guilty plea in 2008, concealing Westberg’s 19-count felony arrest, secreting Westberg’s nefarious employment sanctions, while she hid the third criminal misdemeanor that mysteriously disappeared mid docket (Ann Westberg was the supervisor in charge of IT in court records) that would have quelled the plea deal in front of Judge Mariane Spearman – wife of Court of Appeals Judge Michael Spearman.

Judge Michael Spearman would soon sit on the Court of Appeals panel for both cases and would protect his wife instead of justice for the wrongfully accused.

Maggie also was the architect behind the free pass of animal sex advocate James Tait, the man who led Kenneth Pinyan to his death having sex with a horse in a well-known brothel in Enumclaw in 2005 when Dan Satterberg was busy suppressing the fact there is full bore a animal sex trade going on right under the public’s noses.

Satterberg would tell the public that no charges beyond criminal trespass were possible for Pinyan because there were no anti-bestiality laws on the books at the time – or so Satterberg said… but…

What about the “murder” part? Did we all forget about the “murder” part? A man died! Apparently Maggie and Satterberg forgot about that little part in the heat of facilitating Tait’s move to stardom in the pro bestially movie “ZOO” about Pinyan’s practices and subsequent death.  They had full confessions of the two men who accompanied Pinyan into that barn where he met his death. They were running an animal sex brothel and often videotaped the “experience.” Sources say there are doctors, lawyers and high level politicians who have participated in this and paid five figures to do it.

When Gretchen called Roberson in a panic, Roberson kicked it into high gear. Roberson called Tarvin and apparently “convinced” Tarvin it would be in his best interests not to impeach Westberg with those police records while Tarvin was zealously defending his client Jason Markley.

Tarvin would have to find another way. Tarvin claimed he was told that he may see a woman claiming fraud in her own animal cruelty case at some time (Roberson didn’t mention it was his own client seeking justice). She’s just crazy; pay no mind to that man behind the curtain. Markley would recall that Tarvin repeated that message to him repeatedly while sharing that Roberson bragged he used to date Senator Maria Cantwell. (Roberson apparently has an archetype of women he likes).

Meanwhile Roberson is attempting to control his rather frisky client (the “crazy” lady) who knew she had been played. He would have to disclose the Westberg breach to her now that Tarvin had already parted the waters in what surely would have put a stop to Westberg’s siege at the hands of her bosses, in the Markley case.

And just like that, Tarvin recanted. The seas ebbed and his clients were swallowed up along with a real change in their family life of their four young children.

Meanwhile Roberson refused to let his client examine the Westberg case files documents he had received from Holmgren for another 3 months ensuring she would have little recourse to find the Markley case that was going to trial mid December. At her sentencing in late November Roberson then made a circular legal argument that Westberg wasn’t really “convicted” and he himself was to blame for not checking (inadequate assistance of counsel) in front of the judge. Roberson threw himself on the sword.

After three weeks of repeatedly telling his client that it was Gretchen Holmgren who had advised him of her own Brady violation, Roberson now recanted and told the court (Jim Rogers) that it was Maggie Nave who disclosed Westberg’s Brady issue and that Maggie didn’t know anything about it until Tarvin exposed it in the Markley case. This became a bit problematic when it was exposed that Westberg’s 19-count felony arrest was Maggie’s own case that she knowingly gave Westberg a free pass on.

When Tarvin got the Roberson call, he did exactly what he was told. He threw the case. This was the moment his office mate Gene Piculell went ballistic. Gene’s client was Markley’s wife. She ended with a hung jury in her favor 9-3. The bench, that is, Cheryl Carey, arranged to convict Markley the day before the jury verdict that her bailiff was reporting to her. The next day Judge Patrick Oshsi would replace Carey attempting to get a mistrial on the record when the jury came midsentence reporting a hung jury 9 -3 in favor of the defendant.

In addition to the $25,000 Markley gave Tarvin, Markley gave Tavin $3,000 to take him to the Court of Appeals, and to stay Markley’s jail time and community service, something Markley was entitled to. Tarvin took the money then didn’t stay the case. Markley had no choice but to report to jail. Tarvin kept the money then visited Markley in his last few days of jail asking where his children were. Markley fired him.

Then the strangest thing happened. The “crazy lady” showed up at Tarvin’s office. Only it turns out she wasn’t so “crazy.” She was an investigative reporter. Apparently that part was missed when she got targeted. And this tenured investigator was on the scent. She found Tarvin and talked with him for several hours.

Tarvin sang like a canary. He didn’t know why everyone said Westberg wasn’t really “convicted.” He’s been doing criminal law for decades and she pled guilty. That is a conviction. He didn’t mention the fact he failed to impeach Westberg with the evidence of those convictions he had in front of the jury. In fact he had her employment records with two “Loudermill” sanctions for dishonesty at the time. In addition to the arrests and convictions, she had been sanctioned for dishonesty and theft of county time on other unrelated instances (plus about 30 other police events he didn’t know about yet). Tarvin attempted to get the employment Loudermill sanctions into the record outside of the jury while Judge Carey attempted to give them erroneous exhibit numbers that would “hid” them from the court record.

The “crazy” lady then went down to the Regional Justice Center to review the Markley case file. She discovered the digital photo of the “after” horse. It had visited Adobe Photoshop CS3 for MAC. It was also a different color than the original horse “Alex.” Clearly a bait’n switch had occurred. She called Tarvin. He was ready and singing more. She told him she had just been reviewing the Markley case file.

Tarvin got very nervous. He first spent 20 minutes explaining his defense strategy. He sounded panicked. He said sometimes an attorney sacrifices the opportunity for impeachment just in order to win. (The audio of the trial doesn’t see it that way. He threw the case and the judge helped him).

After a lengthy explanation, she had her turn.  She asked him about the photos of the horse. “Did anyone notice it was a different color?”

Tarvin answered that he had been raised on a farm for 20 years. He certainly was familiar with the DNA color identification of a horse.

“Well then you knew…”

Tarvin then blurted out in desperation, “Do you have any idea how big this is?!”

Well no Kevin I don’t. Why don’t you explain it?

Since, it has been uncovered that it is indeed a massive RICO ring. Top dog appears to be King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Hard to fight that one. Tarvin knew and succumbed to the pressure. So Kevin Tarvin stood by and helped an innocent functioning young family be swallowed up and cannibalized by a RICO cartel.   He even kept the money they paid him to protect them. The sea swallowed them up.

That’s how big it is… It only takes one person Kevin – to save the hundreds since that Satterberg’s office has persecuted and stolen from. It could have been you.



Washington State Attorney General destroys records, King County Judge slaps him with $784,664,00 sanction; $50 Million settlement 

Washington State Public Lands candidate, stalking Gold Bar Reporter


Steve McLaughlin, candidate for public lands stalking Gold Bar Reporter, Snohomish County public emails confirm. ” birds of the same feathers flock together as do pigs and swine…”

In late 2015, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management released terminated director John Pennington’s ( Pennington) email communication from July 2014.  In Pennington’s emails my suspicions were correct, John Pennington had a man stalking me in Gold Bar Washington.

From: Steve McLaughlin [mailto:mclaughlin@soundandsea.com]

John, Thanks. I’ll keep my eye out. If she’s from the Gold Bar area, the odds are I’ll find her since we have a home at Index.


From: Pennington, John [mailto:John.Pennington@co.snohomish.wa.us] Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:02 PM To: ‘Steve McLaughlin’ Subject: RE: OSO Press Conference

Anne Kathleen Block… also goes under name Michael Broaks at times.

From: Steve McLaughlin [mailto:mclaughlin@soundandsea.com] Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:51 AM To: Pennington, John Subject: RE: OSO Press Conference


Thanks for the info. If I hear more from her, I will forward them to you.  What is her real name in case she tries to contact me using that?



From: Steve McLaughlin [mailto:mclaughlin@soundandsea.com] Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:32 PM To: Pennington, John Subject: FW: OSO Press Conference

Hi John,

Somebody sent the email to me below over the weekend from Gold Bar Reporter. Don’t know who Brownie Jr is, but somehow they got onto your email.  Interesting.  Do you have any info on this?

I authenticate this email with the following: You took ICS 400 from me and we saw each other on Wednesday and discussed using me at the EOC for strategy.

Steve McLaughlin

From: Gold Bar Reporter [mailto:GoldBarReporter@comcast.net] Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:57 PM To: ‘Steve McLaughlin’ Subject: RE: OSO Press Conference

Mr. McLaughlin,

Great job Brownie Jr, we have 44 people dead because you!


From: Steve McLaughlin [mailto:mclaughlin@soundandsea.com] Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2014 9:32 AM To: Pennington, John Subject: OSO Press Conference


Just saw your press conference on Channel 4.  You’re doing a GREAT JOB! Let me know if you need some help.

Steve A McLaughlin


17442 Nordic Cove Ln NW

Poulsbo, WA 98370


“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.

They went out and happened to things.”

This e-mail message is confidential and is intended only for the use of the individual(s) or entity named above.  It contains information that is or may be confidential, non-public or legally privileged.  Any dissemination or distribution of this message to other than the intended recipient(s) is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this message in error, please notify us by e-mail to mclaughlin@soundandsea.com immediately and delete the original message and all copies from all locations in your computer systems


Once I retrieved access confirming what I already knew ” a man was stalking me at my home, sitting at the end of a cul-de-sac of my street for hours and days on time, mainly over the weekend”, I immediately looked for a picture of Steve McLaughlin, and confirmed he was the man stalking me at my residential home in Gold Bar.

Steve McLaughlin spent most of the summer of 2014 stalking the Gold Bar Reporter as a favor to Pennington. But why?

Pennington former emergency management director was terminated after he caused 43 people to suffocate to death in the Oso mudslides, because instead of doing his job, Pennington was on the east coast performing his private contracts. Sadly for his victims, Pennington told his department to stand down until he arrived from D.C., causing a four day delay in getting much needed FEMA assistance.

Recently released email communication from Snohomish County also confirms beyond any doubt that Pennington and his forth wife, Crystal Hill Pennington ( convicted of bank fraud using an alias last name Berg – Snohomish County, 2005; and in North Carolina, using alias of Chris Hill in 2000)  are anonymously gang stalking the Gold Bar Reporter on his website titled ” The Sky Valley Chronicle.”

Gold Bar’s former Mayor Joe Beavers is also a blogger on the Penningtons’ website, the Sky Valley Chronicle.

John Pennington, Crystal Hill Pennington and Joe Beavers are being sued for racketeering and defamation with depositions are expected to begin during the summer of 2017.

Knowing what I know about Steve McLaughlin criminal stalking me at my home, I was shocked to learn in the middle of this year that a criminal like Steve McLaughlin is running for public lands commissioner.

Simply put, Steve McLaughlin is unfit for Public Lands Commissioner and should be in jail for criminal stalking and conspiracy to harm.

Here’s what we know about McLaughlin. 

Steve McLaughlin is a member of a secret organization, some also refer to this organization as ” Domestic Spying” or “secret police force” called Stratfor, was stalking the Gold Bar Reporter at her home as a favor to terminated former director John E. Pennington ( Pennington).

Steve McLaughlin claims to be have unique qualities ( but he left off criminal stalking)


I’ve been connected to the land and sea my entire life, and after traveling the world, there is no place I would rather live. I am a lifelong conservationist, mountain climber, and avid outdoorsman.

Gold Bar Reporter comments:  Yes this is true that McLaughlin has been connected to land and sea via his involvement in domestic spying group of Stratfor. 

Our public trust lands and the 1,800 employees and nearly 20,000 private sector jobs the DNR timber harvests produce need experienced, balanced leadership. I want to manage our lands so my grandchildren can have the benefit of experiencing what I have during my life here.

Gold Bar Reporter comments:  It appears that McLaughlin is very good at regurgitating public facts from websites.  Ok.

A career in military service will teach you a few things – loyalty, honesty, service, tolerance and tenacity. As a naval officer, I’ve worked with the most diverse group of people there is, and find value in everyone. After retiring, I’ve focused on teaching incident command to first responders, protecting critical infrastructure through coordinated efforts across multi-jurisdictions. I know firsthand how to lead large, diverse organizations and bring the best out in people. I’m uniquely prepared to be your next Commissioner of Public Lands and want to get on with the business of working with the good people at DNR, use science to guide our decisions and work in collaboration with the people who have a stake and dependency on our public trust lands. I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.

Gold Bar Reporter comments:  It appears that McLaughlin believes that criminal stalking of reporters speaks to his loyalty, honesty, service,  tolerance, etc .  Ok, suppose in his World of domestic spying with Stratfor, he might perceive his criminal behavior as justifying.  Opinion, ok.  

►  I have faithfully served my country with distinction for 25 years in the United States Navy .

Gold Bar Reporter comments: McLaughlin should fess up about what his involvement with the US Government is.  We believe based on our research and with WikiLeaks information posted on Tor search engines that McLaughlin is part of the secret domestic spying ring called “Stratfor” but go find it for yourself.  

►  I have been a defense contractor and a FEMA Incident Management Instructor for the past 10 years.

Gold Bar Reporter comments: Ok, now this is interesting and the probably the main reason why McLaughlin decided to criminally stalk the Gold Bar Reporter at her home.  If you read the Gold Bar Reporter’s investigative report on John Pennington, below, you’d know that John Pennington was an uneducated bum who received a political appointment to FEMA Region X as a political favor to the late Senator Jennifer Dunn. But then President George E Bush finally did what we did, ran a background check on Pennington. 

►  I led efforts to permanently preserve the last remaining old-growth forest in Northern Puget Sound, with 1,400 year old trees

Gold Bar Reporter comments: Another lie.  Actually, McLaughlin did not “led” efforts, the US Forest Service did.

See http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/rsl/publications/oldgrowth/old-growth-ca-or-wa.pdf

►  I drafted the Kosovo Peacekeeping plan for Gen. Wesley Clark

Gold Bar Reporter commentsAnother lie, as NATO drafted the plan.


►  I led reconstruction efforts for the Okanogan community that suffered a catastrophic wildfire

Gold Bar Reporter commentsAnother lie, Recovery efforts on the wildfires in Okanogen County were led mainly by private and non-profit groups.

►  I have taught thousands of Washington State firefighters, police, and other first-responders
►  I started and led three organizations to serve others:

 1) to help prevent suicide among veterans,
2) to provide relief to communities hit by natural disasters,
3) to get citizens engaged to be involved in the governmental process by setting the    example

Gold Bar Reporter commentsAnother lie, as we could find no public record to support McLaughlin’s assertion that he taught anything.  We could fin no evidence that helped a single veteran. But we did find public email communication between McLaughlin and Pennington documenting that the Gold Bar Reporter’s post about Steve McLaughlin criminally stalking her at her home were right on target. 

Steve McLaughlin’s email ( below) sent and received from John Pennington, former political appointee terminated for criminal stalking of the Gold Bar Reporter speaks for itself. For more information on John Pennington keep reading below. Note that the Gold Bar Reporter has NEVER been sued for defamation or  libel. However, we’d welcome such a suit.


From: Steve McLaughlin [mailto:mclaughlin@soundandsea.com] Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2014 9:32 AM To: Pennington, John Subject: OSO Press Conference


Just saw your press conference on Channel 4.  You’re doing a GREAT JOB! Let me know if you need some help.

Steve A McLaughlin


17442 Nordic Cove Ln NW

Poulsbo, WA 98370


“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.

For those of my readers who haven’t read my last articles on John Pennington’s criminal history, please see below.


John Pennington, terminated for Snohomish County



From FEMA to Snohomish County Washington and now to Pierce College ( Tacoma Washington diploma mill), dark  secrets unearthed. Gold Bar Reporters were the first to report on John E. Pennington’s criminal conduct, a small portion of our report is outlined below


John Pennington was a troubled youth who, according to one source “had a major drug problem by the age of 16.”  So it’s no surprise that in the late 1980’s, after being kicked out of Vanderbilt College in Tennessee after raping a female college student, John Pennington moved to a small suburban city just outside of San Diego California.

While in the San Diego area,  John Pennington meets his new victim, who believe he legally married, so are calling her ex-wife # 1, Carla M.

Two years later, John Pennington fled from Southern California, again heading home to Nashville, only after two small boys made allegations of sexual abuse against him while on a church camping trip.

While in Tennessee, John Pennington made an unsuccessful run for an open State Rep. seat.  After a landslide loss for Pennington, he again headed west. This time to Oregon where Pennington meets his next victim.

Mr. Pennington plead guilty to criminal assault 1 and harassment  ( Washington County Case # D911027SC) after he hospitalized his fiancé in Oregon. A felony.

As a result, John Pennington fled from Oregon to Vancouver Washington. While in Vancouver Washington, John Pennington meets his next victim. Sadly, they soon married.

While working in a coffee delivery business, John Pennington stole coffee grinding equipment from his previous employer and used this equipment to start-up a coffee shop in Kelso. Purpose was to make it look like he was an entrepreneur ( but he is really a sociopath) as to grab an uncontested Republican seat in Cowlitz County.

It worked, the uneducated college dropout John Pennington managed to get elected to an uncontested WA House of Representatives seat. Unfortunately for residents in New Orleans and Oso Washington, he met a powerful Washington State Republican leader, Jennifer Dunn.

In 1992, a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped, and then tossed along a Cowlitz County road like a piece of trash.  We sent our private investigators to Cowlitz County to talk with the lead Detective who confirmed the following facts:

John Pennington became one of two prime suspects for the following reasons:

(1) Pennington operated a coffee delivery route within six blocks of where the child was dumped after being raped; (2) he drove the same car; (3) he was in the area at the time of the child rape and could not explain his whereabouts; (4)  his picture from 1992 is a complete match to the child and witness sketch drawing of the pedophile; (5) he relentlessly convinced his ex-wife to call the police attempting to divert attention away from himself and onto another man; and ( 6) He has continuous and countless charges of child and spousal abuse, a man who cannot keep his hands to himself.

Below is the press release as it relates to John E. Pennington’s rape of a 5 year old girl from Cowlitz County Washington


Unfortunately for the 5 year child, John Pennington meets a Kelso Washington city attorney named Michael Kenyon.

According to John Pennington’s divorce files he is also an abuser of prescription pills, and was detained at the US Mexico  for having narcotics ( non-prescription pain pills) on his person while coming back into the US. Pennington has never denied this allegation.

In 1995, John Pennington was also a member of the Washington State Militia, a group dedicated to over throwing the United States government. ” John sat around for years obsessed about getting even with the Longview Washington news reporter for reporting that John was a member of the State militia.”

From 1992 to 2005, John Pennington’s violence grew with his ex-wife. # 2, Valerie. From pushing her down a flight of stairs as well as constant physical harassment,  John Pennington never learned to keep his hands to himself.

But the case that raised our eyebrows is Mr. Pennington’s abuse on his ex-wife # 2 ( who is really ex-wife # 3) Anne Laughlin. Ms. Laughlin was a City of Duvall city council member at the time of Pennington’s assault of Anne. Anne was three weeks away from giving birth to her daughter when Pennington violently assaulted, kicked and punched Anne in the stomach and uterus. A real salt of the earth kind of man.



Since Ms. Laughlin was a Duvall city council member at the time, the City of Duvall sought a Special Prosecutor. The prosecutor assigned to prosecute wife beater John Pennington came from the law firm where Pennington’s buddy Michael Kenyon was employed.

In 2009 when Pennington assaulted Laughlin, this was his third domestic violence charge. This should have amounted to jail time for Pennington.

A close review of John Pennington’s Snohomish County travel records warrant a closer look into missing children in Washington, Alaska, Maryland.  Public monies allowed us to review his credit card receipts, telephone records, etc. information that another blogger turned over to authorities.

Any grown man that takes a shower with a six year old little girl is a pedophile.

Pages from Socipath John Pennington-2

In 2011, Kenyon Disend’s junior attorney, Ann Marie Soto, received an email from John Pennington via Snohomish County computers demanding that Kenyon Disend redact police reports involving John Pennington criminal harassment and assault that we requested under RCW 42.56.   There’s only one problem, at the time Pennington was communicating with Kenyon Disend’s attorney, he was not a City of Duvall employee thus no attorney client relationship existed.

We sought the advice of an expert in records issues who is of the opinion that Kenyon Disend’s redaction of police reports was not permissible under the Public Records Act.

Then a source close to ex # 2 ( or # 3 depending on what public records you believe as it relates to Pennington’s aliases) provided us with thousands of records relating to John Pennington, and those records included Pennington’s email communication with Duvall’s Mayor about how to get Pennington’s soon to be ex-wife Anne Laughlin off the City Council.

In 2009, Pennington then used Aaron Reardon’s connection to the Seattle Times reporter ( who then became Reardon’s aide) to post a story about Anne Laughlin, pretty much the same way he did to Gold Bar Reporters in February 2012. Former Seattle Times reporter Emily Heffner was contacted for comment but all she would say is ” you need to move because they are coming after you.” She never did state who “they” were, but as we stated to Ms. Heffner before, “We have only one live to give and it shall be for the betterment of our society as a whole.”

As of today, Attorney Michael Kenyon and Ann Marie Soto have bilked the taxpayers of Gold Bar over $1,350,000.00 hidng former Mayor Crystal Hill’s public records ( emails) documenting that she was practicing law without a license, and had lied on her F 1 form stating that she had never pled guilty to fraud when in fact she had plead guilty twice, one in 2000 in North Carolina and a second time in Snohomish County Washington; and John Pennington making racist comments about President Obama and running illegal ACCESS background checks in violation of RCW 10.97.

Both Penningtons are being sued for gross 1983 and RICO charges with depositions expected to start early next year.

The bigger question that Michael Kenyon refused to answer was what he gained for quashing John Pennington’s criminal charges for beating up his pregnant wife Anne, hiding John Pennington’s racist comments and his illegal background checks.

According to former Mayor Joe Beavers, John Pennington and Aaron Reardon “fixed” cases in Snohomish County Superior Court.

As a result of our six-year investigation, we are confident to report that attorney Michael Kenyon assisted John Pennington is committing felonies. Attorney Michael Kenyon and John Pennington will be sharing a prison cell together and we intend to make that happen even it takes me another 30 years, and I will continue to request access to public records and file suits against any agency that renders assistance to a pedophile and wife beater.

Our request for access to public records regarding this issue has already started.  The public, especially Pierce College students, have a legal right to know why Pierce College Board of Trustees would hire a child rapist and wife beater.



What John Pennington was trying to hide for so many years, his prior conviction for criminal harassment ( assault of an ex-fiancé in Oregon) as noted in the following public records as prior conviction”

In 2000, John Pennington was George Bush Jr’s campaign manager here in Washington State.  Soon after George Bush Jr. was elected ( or stole the election with his brother’s assistance depending what you believe), George Jr. appointed John E Pennington and Michael Browne to positions inside FEMA. Sadly for America, not one FEMA Director was qualified for such positions.

As a result of Michael Browne and John Pennington’s inability to read, write and think effectively caused thousands of minority deaths in Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina was an eye opener for those of us who actually earned accredited degrees and whose parents taught us to think critically. George W Bush Jr.’s decision to appoint friends instead of educated and skilled people resulted in massive human loss of life In New Orleans.

Had this story ended in New Orleans, we wouldn’t be exposing John E.Pennington today. But it didn’t, why is simple, because Washington State Senator Jennifer Dunn decided to use her political clout to appoint an uneducated bum to FEMA Region 10 ( Pacific Northwest).

What is even crazier is that George W Bush made an executive appointment without ever running a single background check on John Pennington prior to appointing him.

All that changed when America started calling for Michael Brownie’s head for causing  so many deaths in New Orleans. Perhaps Michael Browne might have survived press scrutiny had he not put in his email that was heading to Nordstroms to purchase new clothes for the cameras, while at the same time thousands of African Americans were floating down the street or in lock down inside an unsafe convention center.

African Americans were drowning in the streets of New Orleans, because FEMA Directors lacked basic college skills to handle such a disaster. In the case of Michael Browne, an unaccredited undergraduate degree as well as unaccredited law school diploma. In the case of John Pennington, an online diploma mill degree from an online school the U.S. Dept of Education said sold online diplomas at a flat rate, California Coastal College.

Hurricane Katrina, good bye Brownie, Hello Penny

After Michael Browne and Bernard Kerik made a laughing stock out of the George W and America, George Jr was quoted as saying ‘ Penny will make a great director of FEMA.”This was November 2005. But this time, the feds actually ran an extensive background on John Pennington, and discovered what we learned through years of sifting through public records. John Pennington is a dangerous sociopath with real anger management issues; anger he often takes out on women and children.

I never really thought much of George W Bush Jr. other than he’s a spolied little rich kid who never worked for a living. For the same reason, I couldn’t vote for Al Gore in 2000. Thus, I became one of Ralph Nader’s Raiders in 2000.

Fact is that I probably ran into John Pennington at the Republican National Convention that year in Philadelphia. I, and 1,000,000. Americans blocked the entrance to the Republican National Convention Center preventing many of George Jr’s delegates from accessing the convention center that year.

I was a proud member of Massachusettes ACT UP from UMASS, and had traveled all over the U.S. protesting what I believed to be unequal treatment of economically disadvantaged Americans in favor of corporations. I’m a strong believer that America should place “ people over profits.”

Strangely, I always had respect for George Bush Sr. Why is simple: George Sr is a well educated savey free thinker who listens to his opponents. Unlike his son, George Jr. , who was given a little too much growing up without working for it.  Hard work goes along way in molding one’s self esteem.

In 2005, Michael Browne was blamed for the deaths of thousands, because he was appointed to a position that he wasn’t qualified for.  So when George Jr. had to make a new appointment to FEMA Director, he looked to a devil wrapping himself with pages of the Bible, while at the same time molesting children and violently assaulting a pregnant woman in her third trimester, John E. Pennington.

For those reporting the news in Washington D.C just after George Bush Jr’s FEMA Directors caused so much misery to so many residents and their survivors in New Orleans, Bush Jr. was quoted as saying ” Penny would make a great Director.”

Because the feds didn’t want George Jr. to go through yet another scathing news story like he did when he chose Kerik to head Homeland Security (who ended up being prime suspect in a murder case and had direct ties to organized crime) and Michael Browne and his fake degrees with extensive skills in horse breeding debacles, any appointment would go through extensive background checks prior to Congressional Hearings.

As a result of the feds extensive background check on John Pennington, he was forced to resign from FEMA or be exposed in a very public way. John Pennington lied about his termination from FEMA stating that he and Tamara Doherty were caught misusing the FEMA credit cards.

This was simply a smoke screen to cover up what we just learned from a federal source over Labor Day Weekend.

John Pennington was terminated from FEMA because the feds learned what we reported on over the last seven years; pedophilia deviant uneducated child abuser who has sick fetish for kids, John Pennington. A sociopath who reminds me of Ted Bundy.

Unfortunately for Oso Washington residents,  George W Bush Jr.’s  administration thought it was ok to set him loose on Snohomish County residents just so George Jr didn’t have to suffer public press embarassment again.

On March 24, 2014, John Pennington caused 43 residents in Oso Washington to suffocate to death in Washington State’s most preventable loss of life natural disaster. Instead of mitigating loss to human life, John Pennington worked on his fraudulent online diploma, operated his personal business on the County’s dime and while using county resources and staff, violently assaulted children and women, and criminally harassed me right from Snohomish County Offices operating an online blog ” The Sky Valley Chronicle.  “  An online blog owned by Aaron Reardon but operated by Gold Bar’s Mayor Crystal Hill ( nee Berg who plead guilty to bank fraud in 2005), John Pennington,  and Gold Bar’s former Mayor Joe Beavers.

I believe John Pennington should be charged with negligent homicide for the 43 people he killed in the Oso mudslides.

Since John E. Pennington killed 43 Oso residents in the mudslides, we have searched his travel records and beleive he is responsible for missing children in four different states, and have ample evidence to state John Pennington is the man responsbile for the rape of that five year old child from Colwitz County Washington.

Sadly, John Pennington remains on the loose up here in Snohomis County. So long as John Pennington remains on the loose, I will continue to investigate and report on his criminal sexual deviant conduct.

Protecting Our children from a sociopath like John Pennington is worth every sacrifice we’ve made as a result  of shinning much needed sunshine on cockroaches who harm molest and abuse our kids.

Our Children’s mental well being has no price tag.  I agree with Hillary Clinton “ it takes a village to raise children.”

John Pennington’s trial in the Oso mudslide debacle will be live streamed by the Gold Bar Reporters starting during the fall of 2016.

As for Pierce College hiring a pedophile and wife beater, one can only say that each and everyone of the persons involved in hiring a known pedophile will now be investigated as a result.  Stay tuned, because the way I see it, the only ones who protect pedophiles and wife beaters are ones’ themselves.


Perhaps Pierce College needed to hire someone to teach “ How to get away with molesting and raping our kids, fraud, murder, setting up fake online newspapers to criminally harass citizens, not pay Department of Revenue taxes, failing to pay property taxes, raping college students, and beating one’s spouse” also known as Emergency Management 101 at Pierce College it appears.


Or perhaps it was John Pennington from an online fraudulent program Senator Tom Harkin called fraudulent on PBS’s “ Education, Inc.”  or California Coastal School that the IRS said sold online diplomas at a flat rate http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/local-fema-chief-had-little-disaster-experience/

BEWARE students especially female students as John E. Pennington was kicked out real colleges for raping a student.

In September 2015, Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe confirmed that John Pennington is the man responsible for the rape of a five year old girl in Cowlitz County., Washington.  An insider who we have labeled as ” fed up” told the Gold Bar Reporter that Mark Roe was convinced by Snohomish County Prosecutors Sean Reay and Sara DI Vittorio ( being sued for racketeering) to hide Pennington’s criminal history to avoid liability.

Washington State voters are much smarter than falling for a criminal stalker like Steve McLaughlin. Unfortunately for Washingtonians, Steve McLaughlin is running for public lands. His criminal stalking conduct confirmed in public emails makes him unfit for any public office, especially an office as important as protecting our precious public lands.

My readers can rest assure that if McLaughlin manages to buffalo the voters of Washington State, the Gold Bar Reporter will be requesting access to every email, telephone records, and any document McLaughlin has his hands on while in office.




City of Gold Bar’s governing body stealing water monies to hide crimes inside public records

Update: The City of Gold Bar’s Mayor Lee Hodo urged the Gold Bar council to misappropriate public monies to pay two more attorneys, making the grand total number of attorneys representing the City of Gold Bar to five (5).


According to Gold Bar’s Mayor Lee Hodo, Shannon Ragonesi and Amanda Butler are  “trial” attorneys. Public records confirm that the two lawyers are being paid $585 per hour ( two lawyers) and the City’s current law firm Kenyon Disend gets paid $750 per hour.

In total, the City of Gold Bar is paying $1235.00 per hour, making September 2016 ‘ s warrant pay out at $125,000.00. The total annual budget for the City of Gold Bar is only $550,000.00.

Council member Ken Ware asked why isn’t Kenyon Disend representing the City, and Mayor Lee Hodo lied stating ” Kenyon Disend are too busy.” Ken Ware then suggested that the City hire a new law firm.

What Mayor Hodo didn’t disclose to the public is: the City is hiding public records at the Kenyon Disend’s office in Issaquah Washington. A felony in Washington State to hide conceal or remove public records from the City.  Hence why the City cannot be represented by Kenyon Disend.  Instead Mayor Lee Hodo lied to residents claiming that Kenyon Disend was too busy.

Earlier this year, the City Council voted to increase Gold Bar’s water rates by 271 % because former Mayors Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill Pennington (convicted of bank fraud in 2005, 2000 using two aliases, Berg and Chris Hill) and Linda Loen were stealing from the City’s water fund to fund legal litigation.  A felony in Washington State, amounting to racketeering.

Joe Beavers is being sued for racketeering and gross 1983 violations with trial to start in late 2017.

In August 2012, the City of Gold Bar claimed it was bankrupt and needed residents to pass a new tax levy to fund litigation.  The voters rejected the City’s tax hike, leaving the City to either turn over public records its been hiding or steal from the City’s water fund.

Mayor Lee Hodo, and council members Ken Ware, J Dawson, Davi Martin ( who is also being sued for racketeering after public records confirm she was writing on John and Crystal Hill Pennington’s Sky Valley Chronicle website; a site they set up to criminally harass their opponents), and Brian Diaz chose to continue the stealing Gold Bar residents water funds to hide racketeering crimes.

Joe Beavers said  ” if these records are released the City is gone. I was also threatened by Association of Washington Cities (AWC) that if I turned over the records, AWC would cancel the City’s insurance policy.”

According to the Washington State Auditor, “there’s $200,000.00 missing and not one person can explain where it went.”

In attempt to cover up Mayor Hodo’s misappropriation of public monies,  the City hired disgraced former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon’s attorneys below.

Not one single Gold Bar council member asked ” why does the city need a trial attorney? Did we commit crimes? Is there someone going to trial, prison, and for what? ”

Mayor Lee Hodo admitted that AWC has rejected the City’s cost in all public records matters, leaving the City to pay $1235.00 per hour to hide criminal racketeering crimes Beavers, Hill, Pennington, Kelly, and Lonn Turner  ( former council member, 2009) disseminated inside email communication.

With more lawsuits expected to be filed by others, Mayor Hodo should hope that the federal government doesn’t find out that the City is stealing public water funds, otherwise the USDA may call in its water tower loan.

With more lawsuits on the way by others, perhaps the City will double the number lawyers in 2017

UPDATE:  Seattle attorney Shannon Ragonesi sends threatening emails to Gold Bar Reporter after we report that Shannon Ragonesi filed a false instrument with King County Superior Court ORDERING the Gold Bar Reporters not to contact our public officials. Not only does is Ms. Ragonesi committing fraud on the taxpayers of Gold Bar, she is also trying to unilaterally rewrite the First Amendment.

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Washington State attorneys Amanda Butler ( left) and Shannon Ragonesi

Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington)

I generally sway away from writing articles on lawyers ( probably because I feel most are just doing their job), until I have concrete evidence of fraud or gross misconduct. Such is the case with Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi.

Amanda Butler, and Shannon Ragonesi are two lawyers who are not only guilty of fraud and gross legal misconduct, but who are also guilty of fleecing the taxpayers of Gold Bar Washington out of thousands of taxpayer dollars.  Both are employees with Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington).

Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi aren’t stealing from the taxpayers with the assistance of the Washington State Bar. My dedicated readers may remember that the Washington State Bar Association publically voted this summer to drop the word “Association” from its name.

Why, because the Washington State Bar Association has been hijacked by criminals like Everett attorney Geoffrey Gibbs ( convicted of fraud in the 1990s, having his lobbying license permanently revoked for stealing client’s money and is now a high ranking member of the Washington State Bar Association)  in attempt to shift millions of dollars of racketeering liability off on the Washington State taxpayers. This after at least six lawsuits for Sherman Anti-Trust and RICO violations were filed in U.S. Federal District Court against the Bar.

With no surprise, Shannon Ragonesi is a former government official who gets enormous financial contracts with Snohomish County as a result ( totaling over $1 Million dollars last year alone), and Ms. Butler well she claims to be a ” senior” attorney who appears to have failed Ethics or simply believes that since her partner Shannon Ragonesi is a personal and dear friend Snohomish County Prosecutor Seth Fine and a former member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Rules Committee thus not accountable to we the people.

In December 2014, the US Supreme Court held in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners Case that the Bar Boards can be held personally liable for Sherman Anti-Trust violations. One reason why the Washington State Bar dropped the word Association, her firm, Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S ( Seattle Washington) reaps the benefits of those “free market participants associations.”


Gold Bar Washington has been cited for four years for misappropriation of public funds. In the 2013 Special Audit Washington State Auditor wrote ” there’s $200,000.00 missing and not one city employee can state where it went.”

The Gold Bar Reporters know where it went; into the pockets of unethical lawyers like Amanda Butler, Shannon Ragonesi, Michael Kenyon, Margaret King and Ann Marie Soto.  Why, to hide terminated and disgraced Snohomish County’s political appointee John Pennington, and former Gold Bar Mayors Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill Pennington (bank fraud, once in Snohomish County 2005, and once in North Carolina using an alias of Chris Hill in 2000) criminal racketeering and HIPPA crimes they disseminated into email communication.

Those of my readers should note that Snohomish County Washington hired Shannon Ragonesi on behalf of disgraced former Executive Aaron Reardon after our investigation lead to Aaron Reardon’s early retirement on tribal land in Southern California. A house Aaron Reardon paid 1/5 of the fair market price for, and an issue the federal government should have an interest in.  Aaron Reardon is being sued for racketeering in US Federal District Court.


A side note to the FBI. Perhaps a subpoena for former Snohomish County employee Christopher Schwartzen’s emails as it relates to transfer of public land in Marysville Washington from March to May 2011 should be sought ( within a month, Aaron Reardon has a piece of property in Indigo California)?  YES, tit for tat.

If Snohomish County claims it doesn’t exist, please email the Gold Bar Reporter and will do our best to get that to the FBI as soon as possible.



In late December 2015, Gold Bar Reporter filed a racketeering,  and several civil rights complaints in US Federal Court, Seattle. Instead of recusing himself, Judge Ricardo Martinez as mandated the 9th Circuit, He  did what any unethical and corrupt judge would do, he kept himself on the case because several of his friends at the Washington State Bar Association are defendants. Block v WSBA, et al.

Washington State attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi from the law firm of Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S entered a notice of appearance on behalf of the City of Gold Bar and its former Mayors Linda Loen, Crystal Hill Pennington, and Joe Beavers. 

Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S also entered a notice of appearance for Snohomish County’s public officials, Jon Rudicil and Aaron Reardon after both were caught committing racketeering offenses as outlined by Snohomish County reporters Scott North and Noah Haglund.



Washington State Professional Responsibility. As members of a profession and officers of the court, lawyers are obligated to act in a professional manner, obey the law, avoid conflicts of interest, and to put the interests of clients ahead of their own interests. 

So my readers can assume that since Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi entered notices of appearances on behalf of the City of Gold Bar. As a result, the Gold Bar Reporter requested a copy of any contract with the City of Gold Bar, and the City claims that there is none.

In Washington State Bar Association v. Bradley Marshall, the Washington State Supreme Court held that all agreements must be in writing, clearing stating to the clients all potential and actual conflicts of interests that are foreseeable.

So my readers can imagine that one a Washington State lawyer enters a Notice of Appearance, a contract for legal services must exist. But apparently, attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi seem to be the exception or simply lack common sense.


This gross unethical breach resulted in a public records request sent to the City of Gold Bar for all records sent or received by any employee from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Crystal Hill Pennington, Linda Loen, Joe Beavers and any Gold Bar contractor or employee over the last year.

Because there was no contract that exist, the so called “senior” counsel from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S records are now public records subject Washington State’s Public Records Act with more lawsuits expected to be filed in King County ( where the records are actually being concealed, a felony in Washington State) without redaction or exemptions.

Stupid is as stupid does.  One thing is clear, our readers can assume that University of Washington is not teaching common sense and Ethics is not a core requirement. Unless both lawyers failed ethics and somehow managed to escape law school requirement of at least a Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0 in every class to obtain a Juris Doctorate.


I’d like for our readers to know that Shannon Ragonesi’s bio on the website of Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S states the following:


Shannon is a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of KBM. Her law practice encompasses civil rights litigation, employment litigation, labor law, school law, public records act litigation, and wrongful death and personal injury defense. She represents governmental agencies, schools, fire districts, police agencies, and their employees; as well as private corporations and citizens. Shannon has represented her clients in over 60 jury and bench trials in federal and state courts and labor arbitrations. She has also expertly represented her clients before the Washington state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a further, integral part of her law practice, Shannon investigates potential claims and provides guidance to her clients on litigation avoidance strategies.

Prior to joining Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S., Shannon was a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp where she served for over five years as a Senior Prosecuting Attorney, a Senior Torts Attorney, Chief of Military Justice, and a Military Magistrate.


Ms. Amanda Buter’s bio states from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S website states:

Amanda is a Senior Associate with Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Inc. P.S. Her practice involves all aspects of municipal and school defense litigation, including employment and labor law, law enforcement/civil rights, premises liability, personal injury, and land use.  She is also an expert in litigation avoidance strategies in order to best serve her clients.

Amanda successfully represents her clients in Washington State Superior Courts, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Amanda served as a law clerk for the Complex Litigation Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.


After the Gold Bar Reporter requested a copy of any contract with the City of Gold Bar from Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and/or its attorneys Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi, the City of Gold Bar did what its be doing for years, covering up its criminal racketeering conduct by trying to get council approval at the next Gold Bar council meeting.


For the City of Gold Bar taxpayers, this gets even worse since Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi claim to have expended over $100,000.00 without a single contract, and they’ve already filed legal papers falsely certifying to several courts. This conduct amounts to fraud upon the courts.


But wait, the City of Gold Bar claimed in Block v WSBA et al that its had thousands of dollars of legal fees with Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi. Can legal fees be accessed without a fee agreement or contract?

Sadly, Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi already filed notices in two cases claiming to the attorneys for Gold Bar, and even managed to get fees, falsely certifying that they had a fee agreement, thus a contract.

The Washington State Auditor’s said ” the city cannot engage a law firm without a contact and must place bid notices beforehand.”

A lawsuit against Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S and Amanda Butler and Shannon Ragonesi will be filed for fraud, Consumer Protection  etc.

Perhaps the University of Washington and Seattle University  Law Schools should have a special legal education class for lawyers titled ” Common Sense, 101″ because at least two of its “senior” lawyers failed or missed common sense and ethics classes.


Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can 

change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Defense counsel in Oso mudslide case ask trial court to illegally seal public records

The strange just got stranger yesterday in the Oso mudslide trials when the Washington State attorneys asked the court, by Motion, to illegally seal public juror questionnaires.

Reason claimed is: there’s some personal information contained in the juror questionnaires.

Today the Gold Bar Reporter and Snohomish County Reporter filed a joint ” objection” opposing sealing the entire juror questionnaires because by doing so violates Washington State’s Public Records Act ( RCW 42.56) and our legislature’s intent that broadly favors public disclosure and all exemptions be narrowly tailored to favor disclosure.

Sadly, the Seattle Times, Kiro news, Komo news,  King 5 T.V., and Snohomish County Daily Herald have yet to file any objection in this matter.

Our Legislature’s intent was clear when it held  “ The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. This chapter shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed to promote this public policy and to assure that the public interest will be fully protected. In the event of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other act, the provisions of this chapter shall govern.” See RCW 42.56.030.

Further our court held ” the PRA reflects a strong public policy favoring the disclosure and production of information, and exemptions are to be narrowly construed. RCW 42.56.030. Moreover, a party opposing the production of public records must establish that production would “clearly not be in the public interest and would substantially and irreparably damage any person, or would substantially and irreparably damage vital governmental functions.” RCW 42.56.540; see Soter v. Cowles Publ’g Co., 162 Wash.2d 716, 756-57, 174 P.3d 60 (2007).

Snohomish County journalists, jointly, objected to sealing juror questionnaires because we cannot see how sealing, completely, juror questionnaires would damage a juror. Furthermore, by doing so violates that Public Records Act.

Snohomish County journalist Anne Block and Brandia Tammu jointly requested that King County Superior Court Judge Rogoff narrowly tailor any redaction to any of the jury questionnaires in this case and adhere to our legislature’s intent which favors disclosure broadly, and narrowly tailors exemptions in favor of the public’s absolutely right to know.

Will corruption prevail in violation of the public’s trust or will King County Superior Court Judge Rogoff adhere to our Legislature’s intent which favor disclosure?






Washington State Bar Association, to be abolished over felonious conduct

Late last summer, the Gold Bar Reporter was first to break a story about the Washington State Bar Association’s dropping the word ” association.”

Our source, an insider close to Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen stated ” the WSBA is trying to come up with a plan to push liability off on Washington State taxpayers, because it’s clear that the Bar is going to lose Scannell v WSBA et al. and Block v WSBA et al. over felonious racketeering and anti-trust violations. ”

We just learned that Washington State Bar  Association has officially voted to drop the word association, in an effort to push liability of 50 Million plus onto Washington State taxpayers, instead of pushing liability to its’ members the above two cases.

In Block’s cases, public records from Snohomish County and the United States Post Office documented that John Pennington ( man who killed 43 people in the Oso mudslides, only suspect in the rape of 5 year old girl from Cowlitz County Washington, and is now working for Pierce College), set up a post office box in Duvall Washington to pass  financial bribes to attorney Lin O’Dell and her convicted killer boyfriend  Mark Plivilech, while at the same time, John Pennington is the  man, according to the lead detective on a Cowlitz  County case from 1992, the man who is responsible for the rape of a 5 year old girl.   Instead of suing Block, John Pennington enlisted his friend Linda Eide, Washington State Bar’s lead counsel, and Washington State Bar Board member Geoffrey Gibbs, to go after Block, a journalist who held a WSBA Bar license, for reporting on John Pennington criminal conduct.

In John Scannell ‘s case, Washington State Bar counsel members Scott Bugsby and Linda Eide tried to gain access into John Scannell’s attorney client files in an effort to go after a Board member’s political foe and Scannell’s client Paul King.

A source said ” The Bar knows that once you two win, you’re coming after them personall to collect damages, starting with members of the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel.”

Washington State Bar’s letter to its members


IMPORTANT – if you want the WSBA to continue as your professional association, you should attend one or more of three upcoming meetings at the Seattle WSBA offices, discussed more completely below:

  • Public meeting of the WSBA Bylaws Workgroup on August 8
  • Special Meeting of the BOG on Aug 23
  • Regular Meeting of the BOG on Sept 29/30.

I attended the WSBA BOG meeting Friday in Walla Walla, having recently realized (through my work on theSections Policy Workgroup) that the BOG is now starting to implement a comprehensive series of sweeping changes to (i) the WSBA Bylaws, (ii) Court Rule 12.1 and to (iii) the Bar Act.

These changes are being implemented incrementally for tactical reasons, but are designed and intended ultimately to:

  • Substantially reduce the ability of Members to influence WSBA governance – in violation of the Bar Act,
  • Eliminate the WSBA’s role as its “Members” professional association,
  • Wholly and unambiguously convert the WSBA into a public entity/government agency with the singular and exclusive mission of serving the public, and
  • Enhance and expand the scope of the Washington State Supreme Court’s influence and control over all aspects of the WSBA (including setting Member dues), not just matters relating to licensing, regulation, attorney discipline and other such areas.

These changes are part of a longer term and little known Strategic Plan that is the product of these and other key WSBA leaders:

  • Executive Director Paula Littlewood,
  • Immediate Past President Anthony Gipe,
  • President William Hyslop,
  • WSBA General Counsel Jean McElroy

The full scope of the changes and the underlying justifications for them are detailed in:

For your convenience, here’s a link to the Public Materials for the Walla Walla meeting (all 656 pages):

I then identified four of the proposed Bylaw Amendments most concerning to me:

  • First, I strongly objected to changing the name of the WSBA after 128 years to drop the word “Association,” emphasizing that this change is explicitly intended clarifythat the WSBA is not actually a professional association of attorneys. I said I thought most WSBA Members would find this highly objectionable and would be quite surprised to learn that they weren’t really part of a professional association for lawyers.
  • Second, I objected to putting the Washington Supreme Court in charge of determining members’ dues and said I thought others would too.
  • Third, I described the creation of three more appointed Board seats as undemocratic and bad from a governance perspective because appointed seats are subject to abuse by vesting too much power in the hands of too few. [Note: these changes to the BOG composition would also directly violate RCW 2.48.030of the Bar Act regarding the “Board of Governors.” The BOG is arguably illegally constituted currently based on that RCW.]
  • Fourth, I objected to giving limited license practitioners a greatly out-sized percentage of the Board seats relative to their de minimis numbers – i.e., 2 Board seats from a total of fewer than 20 limited license practitioners. [In my view, these folks should have to run within their Districts just like other Bar Members. At best they should be entitled to only a single designated seat.]

A reporter who was present at the Washington State Bar’s meeting said ” I added that I had read through the Governance Task Force Report twice in recent days and that I wasn’t too enamored with it, and that I had found much of its key analysis conclusionary and unpersuasive.”

He further stated “My comments stirred up quite a few folks, including current and former BOG members, several of whom said essentially that these issues had already been debated and discussed for a long time and that it was time to move forward with all of the recommendations in the Governance Report, including the first group of Bylaw Amendments under consideration.  These Governance Report recommendations have strong momentum. One gentleman even said he didn’t necessarily agree with the decisions made but that a lot of time and effort had going into them and it was time to start passing them because folks had done a lot of work and he wanted to see the results. So much for not being pushed into bad decisions by undue focus on sunk costs. ”


Mr. Gipe is currently running for King County Superior Court Position #52 – a position that could be the first step on a path to the Washington State Supreme Court, where he could ultimately exercise the control over the WSBA that he currently seeks to vest in that body. I personally feel it is very important to prevent this and thus to keep Mr. Gipe out of the judiciary. That is why I have gone to great lengths to support his opponent in the race. If you share my concerns…. Proposed Policies Eliminating or Restricting Religious (Cultural) Practices During the morning discussion of the WSBA’s proposed restrictions on religious practices, members of the Indian Law Section EC and many others from varied backgrounds advocated strongly that the Indian Law Section should be allowed to continue whatever religious and cultural practices they thought were appropriate, both for reasons of ensuring those who practice

Washington State Bar Association internal memo 

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