LETTER: Justice Wiggin’s strong moral character merits re-election to state Supreme Court

A political action committee is throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat Justice Charlie Wiggins’ re-election to the state Supreme Court.

The PAC claims he should be thrown out because he authored a decision, the Bud case, (based on previous court case law) involving a warrantless search that led to a charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and the court’s dismissal of the charge by a divided court.

I’ve known Justice Charlie Wiggins personally and professionally for more than 30 years.

He has the only “Well Qualified” rating for this position by the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys; his opponent does not. He is endorsed by more than 200 current and retired judges, numerous state and regional leaders, and many bar associations, including the Washington Women Lawyers.

As a lawyer, Charlie probably handled more appeals for his clients to appellate courts than any other lawyer in the state; he was considered the “go-to guy” for this type of law practice.

As a justice, his eight other colleagues on the Supreme Court urge his re-election.

Charlie Wiggins is a guy of strong moral character and a leader in his church group.

He does not look kindly on child pornography, which was a key component of the Bud case.

He is respected for his integrity, extensive appellate experience and trustworthiness.

He deserves to be re-elected to the State Supreme Court.

Dick Manning,

Port Angeles

Manning is past president of the state Bar Association.