LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Churchill serves with distinction
August 5, 2008 · Updated 11:54 PM
To the editor:
Island County voters have an interesting choice in voting for Superior Court Judge on their Aug. 19 primary ballot: Judge Vickie Churchill who has served with distinction for 12 years versus a man who has spent much of his career as a defense attorney trying to help the guilty go free.
We recommend Judge Churchill. Why? We have followed Mr. Platt very carefully in the past 18 months in the case of Randi Shelton. Ms. Shelton finally pled guilty.
Under our Constitution, all citizens are entitled to defend themselves and are innocent until proven guilty. A clever attorney can often help the guilty avoid any punishment. Such an attorney must have a mindset that believes criminals should not be punished if he/she can be found not guilty regardless of their crime.
Mr. Platt, by definition, is such an attorney. It is our belief that he cannot easily change this mental orientation should he be elected judge. He will be in a position to rule on motions and pronounce sentences that are favorable to the type of defendants that he has served. His campaign slogan should be
“I am a friend of the criminal.”
As a defense attorney, he will not have the impartiality required of a judge.
Replacing Judge Churchill with Mr. Platt will be like replacing Michelangelo with a paint-by-numbers picture.
Jim and Jean Gervais