In 2005, Washington State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen held that the Washington State Legislature can violate the rights of the gays by banning gay marriage.
The Stanger, a Seattle newspaper, wrote a scathing article about Barbara Madsen titled “ Fuck Barbara Madsen!” Well stated; Barbara Madsen is no friend to gay people.
A few years back, I had the pleasure of meeting political pundit Jim Hightower who said “Ms. Block, if the Gods had wanted us to vote they would have given us candidates.”
Thankfully, this year Washingtonians have two clean and honest options.
John “Zamboni” Scannell and Kittitas County Prosecutor Greg Zempel also filed for Washington State Supreme Court Position # 5.
With our entire system of justice breaking down as a result of massive government corruption, because of homophobes whack jobs like Washington State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen and criminals like attorney Geoffrey Gibbs ( convicted of fraud in 1996 by Washington State Attorney General) are running the Washington State Bar Association – otherwise known as the center of the rotten onion- we can only hope citizens are fed up enough to boot out the incumbents, replacing them with fresh new faces who have fresh clean ideas. Hopefully with open government supporters. Something lacking in Olympia today.
Late last week former hockey Zamboni driver and 9th Circuit attorney John Scannell announced he will seek Justice Madsen’s seat for election to Washington State Supreme Court Position #5.
The Gold Bar Reporters confirmed that Washington’s Secretary of State has approved Scannell’s filing and listed him on its web site as a candidate. A position currently – but may be not for long- held by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen.
Greg Zemple, a Prosecutor from Ellensberg also registered to run against Justice Barbara Madsen.
Zempel, who has been the top prosecutor in Kittitas County for 21 years stated he wants to make the courts less political.
Attorney John Scannell is currently a resident and an 9th Circuit attorney living in Bremerton Washington. Scannell is well known throughout the state for his legal work on behalf of Washington citizens.
Attorney John Scannell 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 tstadium by challenging its public financing, and he joined other anti-stadium activists in challenging others, all the way to the United States Supreme Court. He won large settlements for demonstrators who were tear gassed and hit with rubber bullets during the World Trade Organization (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.
John Zamboni Scannell has been one of the few attorneys in the State that has actively been supporting the American Bar Association’s criticism of Washington disciplinary system. The 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 continues this practice. The result is that Washington has one of the lowest attorney charging rates in the nation.
John Scannell has been active on this issue by filing Sherman Anti-Trust, RICO and Civil Rights suits against the Washington State Bar Association. Although one judge ruled on his side a some civil rights issues, the RICO and Sherman Anti-trust claims were denied and are now pending in the ninth circuit court of appeals.
Two years ago, Scannell ran against Justice Stevens. He was soundly beaten but he was able to attract over 225,000 votes even though he ran virtually no campaign. Justice Stevens won with over 600,000 Washington voters casting ballots for her re-election.
This time, John “Zamboni” Scannell will run a more active campaign, which will specifically target the unfairness of how the court performs its administrative activities.
Scannell promises to work hard to remove racial profiling and political influences from the attorney discipline program, as well as provide legal decisions that are intelligent, ethical, and just. Something lacking in Olympia and in the WA State Bar today.