“Zamboni John” Scannell files for
Washington State Supreme Court Position #7
Former Hockey Zamboni driver John Scannell has announced he will seek election to Washington State Supreme Court Position # 7. Position # 7 is currently held by Debra Stevens of Spokane.
Currently, an attorney residing in Bremerton Washington, John is well known throughout the state for his legal work on behalf of Washington citizens. He filed some of the first lawsuits in Washington under the landlord tenant act and has represented both landlords and tenants since then. He has founded and been active in both tenant and labor unions. He was called the “bureaucrat’s nightmare” by the Seattle Times for his lawsuit on behalf of intermittent workers which won millions of dollars for City of Seattle workers. He blocked the building of one stadium by challenging its public financing, and he joined other anti-stadium activists in challenging others including Safeco Field, all the way to the United States Supreme Court. He was the last man standing among anti-stadium activists, as it took the United States Supreme Court months longer to decide his suit, which held up the building of Safeco Field.
He won large settlements for demonstrators who were tear gassed and hit with rubber bullets during the WTO demonstrations.
As an attorney he made his living helping workers win their unemployment benefits and wage claims as well as drivers win their traffic tickets including speeding and red light tickets.
John has been one of the few attorneys in the State that has actively been supporting the American Bar Association’s criticism of Washington attorney disciplinary system. The Washington State Supreme Court is in charge of the system, but the court has come under sharp criticism for 40 years for its practice of delegating its responsibility to the Washington State Bar Association. The ABA rightly likens this to the practice of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse, with Washington being one of a few states that still continue this practice. The result is that Washington has one of the lowest attorney charging rates in the nation. John Scannell is the only candidate advocating taking the fox out of the henhouse by having the Washington State Supreme Court stop delegating its responsibility to the Washington State Bar Association.
Scannell will base his campaign on the issue that he will protect the rights of Washington citizens with decisions that are intelligent, just and ethical.
Contact Numbers: 206-624-3685