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June 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

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Judge Bruce Hilyer for state Supreme Court

Puzzling endorsement

The Times’ endorsement of Judge Bruce Hilyer for Supreme Court [“Judge Bruce Hilyer for state Supreme Court,” editorial, June 20] seems puzzling and hasty.

It favors Hilyer’s promise to make decisions considering “practical effects” over Sheryl Gordon McCloud’s promise to apply the law as it is. But the job of judges is to apply the law, not to make it — it is the Legislature’s job to make laws.

As to the claim that Hilyer’s time as a trial judge distinguishes him, look at the statistics. The King County Bar Association’s recent quadrennial judicial survey showed Judge Hilyer in the middle of the pack in all categories and ranked him 31 out of 52 in “legal decision making.” One would think that would be the most important quality to look for in a Supreme Court justice.

McCloud is one of the most brilliant and well-respected appellate lawyers in the state. Finally, if John Ladenburg’s election to nonjudicial office somehow diminishes his candidacy, what about Hilyer’s two failed attempts at running for King County executive?

Readers should learn more about all the candidates before coming to any hasty conclusion of who would best serve as justice on the Washington Supreme Court.

— Jeffery P. Robinson, Seattle

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