View Full Version : Alan Gottlieb is looking for support for WA Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders

07-30-2010, 8:43 AM
Here is the appeal many of us received. If you didn't here is your chance to help out.

Dear friend,

I am writing to you with an urgent request.

The anti-gun politicians have ordered a hit on our dear friend Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders. With just three weeks to go until the election that could remove Sanders from the bench, we must come to his aid.

Richard Sanders is paying the price for standing up for the Second Amendment: the liberal establishment wants him gone.

To carry out the character assassination, they've hauled in appellate lawyer Charlie Wiggins. From Day One of his campaign, Wiggins has denounced Sanders in the most personal terms, questioning his honesty and integrity.

We must fight back. No one should be removed from the bench for standing up for our constitutional rights.

Please take a moment right now to click here: www.friendsofjustice.com and contribute to Justice Richard Sanders campaign. He must raise another $22,000 in just two weeks, so he can continue his radio advertising. Your contribution of $200, $100, or even $75 can make all the difference.

Wiggins is going non-stop with his methodical attack campaign.

But even though the vitriolic diatribes had begun, that did not stop Justice Sanders from �sticking to his guns� when it came to the Second Amendment! He wrote the opinion this February that held the Second Amendment applies to the states, anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Sanders wrote, "Gun ownership is an inexorable birthright of American tradition. Americans who participated in the Revolution of 1776 and adopted the Bill of Rights held the individual right to have and use arms against tyranny to be fundamental.� State v. Sieyes, 225 P.3d 995 (2010)

Our gun rights are fundamental! I couldn't have said it better myself!

Of course this isn't the only opinion from Justice Sanders on gun rights. In a closely divided court he fiercely dissented from a terrible majority opinion in Pacific NW Shooting Park v. Sequim 158 Wn.2d 342 (2006) that allowed the sheriff to shut down a gun show in clear violation of state statute.

And in State v. Carter 151 Wn.2d 118 (2004) he demanded in dissent that police have a search warrant before disassembling a weapon. And there are many, many more opinions from this exceptional jurist protecting our gun rights.

He has two opponents, but the most aggressive is Wiggins, an attorney whom Governor Mike Lowry appointed to the appellate court and who only lasted a short time before the voters sent him packing.

Please make a contribution today. Supreme Court races are decided in the primary! The freedom that we have in Washington State could disappear before our eyes if the ultra-liberal Wiggins tips the balance of the court towards gun control.

The Judicial Ethics Code prevents Justice Sanders from personally asking for your help. So, we must step in and do the asking for him: please give generously today at www.friendsofjustice.com .

It�s the most important thing you can do today to protect your freedom.

Remember: www.friendsofjustice.com!

Thank you.

Alan Gottlieb
Founder, Second Amendment Foundation
Chairman, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

07-30-2010, 10:50 AM
From his site:
While there was controversy over whether the Second Amendment to he US Constitution protects the individual right to keep and bear arms, there can be no doubt that is the cases under our state constitution, Art 1, Sec. 24.

I my view this as much a civil right as the freedom to speak, worship, or hold property without unlawful deprivation. But like other civil rights it is constantly under attack.

In the case of State v. Schelin, 147 Wn.2d 562 (2002) I wrote a dissenting opinion attempting to set forth some of the constitutional principles, as I understood then. Importantly the text qualifies that the right to bear arms to protect self or the state shall not be impaired. Therefore, there is no state constitutional right to use a gun to commit a crime, for example.

Our state Constitution provides: "Art. 1, Sec. 24. Right to bear arms. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authority of individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men."

07-30-2010, 12:31 PM
Looks like he needs to do a bit of updating maybe? In any case, he could use any monetary support people can send.

07-31-2010, 8:58 AM
just a bump as a reminder to kick in a few bucks if you can!