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July 2, 2012 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge hears appeal of 2008 murder-for-hire conviction


Is "partially guilty" like "a little bit pregnant?" Just curious, since I don't think I've ever heard that phraseology before.


I have to disagree with the overall premise that so many in our legal system are unethical/uncaring. I would say that folks like that are the exception, not the norm. And, having some experience with other legal systems, even in democratic western nations, I think you are either speaking out of ignorance and/or frustration when you say something like "the legal system in this country is a joke." It's definitely not perfect, but it's arguably the best one on this planet.

A jury of this Mr. Constance's peers convicted him. He has been appealing this verdict now for a few years; I think, based on what I've read, this is his 3rd/4th appeal? His previous appeals had no merit and his conviction was upheld. If you could bet on such things, I'd put my money on Mr. Constance's sentence being upheld/affirmed, and also bet on the fact that he will very likely die in prison, where he definitely belongs.

April 28, 2011 at 4:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Golik on prosecutor race: ‘I knew I was going to win’

Oh yes, I did notice a difference from yesterday driving in Clark County from today: it seems as if Mr. Golik got rid of most/all of his signs from Mill Plain out by 205. I don't know about other areas, but there were a lot out there and it seems someone is making an attempt to pick them up/get rid of them.

November 5, 2010 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Golik on prosecutor race: ‘I knew I was going to win’


A word of advice. Your incessant rambling/pasting of everything under the sun is annoying; mainly because it takes everyone a little extra time to scroll through it all once they realize you're on another crazy 10-page rant.

Give it up, please. Your guy lost; this is more than sour grapes, it seems overly personal and weird. The best man (by far, based on what I've seen) won. And won quite handily. Last I checked, I think Mr. Golik's margin of victory was even larger than Herrera's over Heck's. That is it. End of story.

November 5, 2010 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rossi's concession statement in U.S. Senate race


I agree. As a veteran also, I've kept track over the years what Murray has done for veterans, and she's been at the forefront of the battles to increase vets benefits, GI Bill, better funding for VA hostpitals, etc. I understand that other vets may not be able to see past some of her other liberal issues/problems, but the bottom line is this: if you want a perfect politician/senator/congressman, well, you're never going to get it. You have to pick your battles/issues with each candidate and just decide who is going to best for the country/state overall.

Furthermore, Murray is the chairman of the Senate Transportation committee. Who better to make sure we get federal money to help us out with the ferry system, highways, and the new bridge(s) and MAX line over the river?

Seniority is everything in the senate (and the House), and unless someone has gone completely downhill (a la Tom Foley, for example) it's better to keep our senior legislators so we make sure Washington can get some help---we surely do need it ($4 billion in the hole this budget cycle I think?)

Congrats to Sen. Murray; and please continue to stick up for us vets. And yes, unfortunately, Rossi really was an empty suit. If the party had come up with an exceptional candidate, I think he/she might have pulled it off; but Rossi was not such a candidate.

November 5, 2010 at 1:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republican prosecutor "offended" by Boger's tactics

All of you talking heads can finally shut up. The man with integrity and experience won. The man with no integrity and no experience lost. Simple as that. The people of Clark County understood that Prosecutor is not a partisan postion.

Nice work, Mr. Golik.

November 3, 2010 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republican prosecutor "offended" by Boger's tactics


I agree with you there. Lew, c'mon, I know you can be more rational/reasonable than that, even if you don't agree or aren't going to vote for someone.

I'm disappointed a little since I thought you were one of those that tried to remain a little less partisan than some of the crazier posts on here.

And, Mr. Golik and Mr. Lee are correct in this: every prosecutor, elected or otherwise, that goes to trial and wins (remember, Defendants don't appeal when they win), get appealed, and, secondly, every prosecutor that gets appealed gets accused of misconduct---whether those claims are baseless or not, they will be reviewed by the appellate court.

And, if you've been appealed hundreds of times, with no reversals for misconduct or anything else, then why won't you consider that fact, at least as it relates to the credibility of Mr. Golik? If we consider Defendants innocent until proven guilty, then why can't you do the same with an upstanding citizen, who has proven his integrity time and time again, like Mr. Golik?

Like I said, I'm a bit befuddled by your postings because you do claim to be more independent/nonpartisan than others, but your last two postings seem to be pretty hardcore partisan.

I mean, Mr. Golik can't even comment if he wanted to, and that's because it would be unethical for him to do so. The Rules of Professional Conduct are even more strict for prosecutors than they are for other attorneys.

And, I would bet all the money in my bank account that every single prosecutor in the State of Washington that has done criminal jury trials, and won a good number of them, has been accused of misconduct a good number of times. Unfortunately, it's part of the game. When you are the white knight, you have to be ready for the mud-slinging.

Finally, I, like rgonzalez, am truly tired of this kind of politics. Mr. Golik has stayed above the fray, much more so than Mr. Boger. For that reason, I'm sure he'll do well.

The people of Clark County want a law and order prosecutor, not a mud-slinging partisan; and that is what Mr. Boger has turned out to be.

Sorry, Lew, but the facts are not on your side. And don't forget, the Columbian also endorsed Herrera and Rossi, so your argument of some kind of bias on the Columbian's part doesn't work either. Seems to me they've done a fair job in general of reporting and endorsing based on experience and qualifications.

October 28, 2010 at 4:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

From hospital bed, judge campaigns for Golik


p_revere, I think this i2i might also be jeffriback? either way, it's definitely someone very close/involved with Mr. Boger's campaign.

Cheers, all. (and by the way, I think the Judge Harris endorsement is huge, as is that every law enforcement agency in the county has endorsed Mr. GOlik, and, that some state law enforcement groups have endorsed Mr. GOlik, and, victims rights groups have endorsed Mr. Golik, oh yes, so did the Columbian, and (well, I could go on, but I'm almost boring myself with all these endorsements! sheesh!) Basically, Mr. Golik is endorsed by pretty much everyone you'd want an endorsement from as a candidate for a local/county prosecutor's position.

And in criminal trial speak: that's a big burden for Mr. Boger to overcome with the voters.

October 23, 2010 at 1:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporter has fighting words on prosecutor candidate's FB page


You seem to have joined the ranks of the willfully ignorant, or, as many on this blog have noticed, you are also one of many partisan hacks who could care less about anything except party affiliation.

I say that because I've read/re-read all the relevant postings, including the one Lew directed me to, and one thing is clear: politicians and their supporters frequently use all kinds of metaphors. In the case of Golik's supporter, that individual even prefaced his metaphor with the use of the word "metaphor" so that even ignorant or the uneducated would be able to figure out the following: oh, that is a metaphor! Calling it a death threat is a purely partisan ploy, or, well, you're just not that smart because you can't even figure out that it's raining when the drops are hitting you on your head.

As I've said before, discussing issues and who is qualified and who is not is one thing, but one thing I agree with Lew on is this: each side seems to always blow these kinds of statements way out of proportion when considering either the type of statement made, or, the context it was made in.

And in case any of you forgot, umm, this is political campaign season. Get used to it. I have to agree also with p_revere, Mr. Boger seems to have a bit of a thin skin on this one; and we need someone tougher than him who can take the political heat that comes with the territory, so to speak, metaphorically, ya know? (See, I don't really mean that we should take a blow torch out and burn Mr. Boger, saying "take the heat" is what we call, a figure of speech, i2i. . . are you picking up on this at all; I think if you can pick up on my sarcasm, then you probably also know that calling a metaphor a death threat is absurd.)

I'm still holding out hope for you, Lew, to vote for Mr. Golik. (I know you won't, but here's to hoping....)

i2i, you're just plain silly.

October 23, 2010 at 1:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporter has fighting words on prosecutor candidate's FB page


I don't think your analogy works given that this was a metaphor about winning a campaign; i.e., not stopping until you've actually, truly won.

I also don't think partisan politics enters into it given the number of conservatives and Republicans that are directly supporting, donating, and/or voting for Mr. Golik.

I'm not familiar with the statement you atttribute to a Tea Party member, but it simply doesn't sound as innocuous/arbitrary as the metaphor used by a Golik campaign worker. I agree, it also sounds like a metaphor (although a bit more hyperbolic); but I guess because we are in the "crazy" season, everything is going to get blown out of proportion.

Like I said, Lew, wish you'd consider either voting for Golik, or at the very least if that's too hard for ya, vote for Rossi and Herrera, and just skip over "prosecutor" if it's too much for you to vote for a Democratic candidate (even though, as I've said before, party should not ever matter for this kind of office).

October 21, 2010 at 4:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )