2017 PRIMARY ELECTION CANDIDATE STATEMENTS: J. Scott Miller - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

2017 PRIMARY ELECTION CANDIDATE STATEMENTS: J. Scott Miller

Posted: Updated:

I am honored to be running for election for Spokane Superior Court Judge, Position 6. For over 30 years I have dedicated my legal career to our justice system, and have earned the trust of hundreds of clients. I am committed to advancing justice in Spokane County as a Superior Court judge.


Justice means administering decisions fairly, protecting the public as well as the constitutional rights of every person. Justice begins by carefully listening to every person in the courtroom, regardless of economic situation, background, age, or gender. Justice requires carefully considering the best application of the law, and determining the most appropriate sentence or outcome.


Some attorneys spend a career practicing in one area of the law. Developing skill in a particular field is important, and benefits those clients. But a Superior Court judge is required to rule on a wide variety of issues, not just one field. Since passing the bar in 1984 I have represented hundreds of defendants and plaintiffs in many complex cases, including contract disputes, land use and zoning matters, insurance coverage, employment discrimination, misdemeanor criminal cases, divorce, probate and trust, property rights, landlord-tenant, business formation and bankruptcy, family law, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and administrative hearings.


I have argued appeals at the Supreme Courts of both Washington and Idaho, as well as the Washington State Courts of Appeal, and the 9th Circuit.


I understand the challenges facing the civil and criminal justice systems in Spokane County. It is extremely important that Superior Court judges have strong background in several legal areas. Sometimes judges are asked to hear cases involving legal issues with which they have no experience or familiarity. It is unfair to the parties, to the attorneys, and to our system of justice to have judges rule on unfamiliar issues. We need more judges with strong background and experience in a wide variety of areas. Experience with trials in more than one field is essential.


I support focusing on the offender instead of the offense in deciding when and under what circumstances pretrial release is appropriate. I also support carefully evaluating the risk of releasing an individual that is likely to reoffend prior to trial. The new pretrial risk assessment tool built in partnership with WSU using a MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge grant, is proving to be tremendously successful in reducing both jail population and recidivism.

If a jury finds a defendant guilty it is the responsibility of the judge to impose a fair and impartial sentence. But our jails are overcrowded, and there is a high daily expense for each prisoner. So finding alternatives to incarceration is not only smart, it makes sense financially. The Superior Court has a critical role in providing input to the legislature that can assist in expanding alternatives to incarceration, enhancing the methods of determining sentencing guidelines, and balancing individual rights against public needs.
I have received the following ratings:

• Washington State Veterans Bar Association – Exceptionally Well Qualified
• Latina/o Bar Association of Washington – Well Qualified.
• GLBT Bar Association of Washington – Well Qualified
• Washington Women Lawyers – Qualified
• Spokane County Bar Association – Qualified
• We Believe, We Vote – 4 stars

To date, I have been endorsed by
• Spokane County Democrats
• 6th Legislative District (Democrat)
• Iron Workers Local No. 14

My career has expanded to include teaching at Gonzaga Law School and at Whitworth University. Teaching law students, MBA students, and undergraduates is challenging, and very rewarding. Sharing my experience is an important way to meaningfully encourage future leaders,
attorneys, and judges.

My wife, Susan, and I are proud to have lived in Spokane since 1977 where our four children attended public schools. I look forward to continuing to serve this community as a Superior Court judge.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:37 PM EDT2018-07-21 00:37:29 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

    >>
  • Court docs: Kootenai Behavioral Health therapist charged with rape, abuse of underage patient

    Court docs: Kootenai Behavioral Health therapist charged with rape, abuse of underage patient

    Saturday, July 21 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-07-21 05:02:56 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A therapist at Kootenai Behavior Health is accused of having sex with an underage patient "hundreds of times" according to court documents. He's been charged with rape and sexual abuse, and is currently on administrative leave from the hospital during the investigation.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A therapist at Kootenai Behavior Health is accused of having sex with an underage patient "hundreds of times" according to court documents. He's been charged with rape and sexual abuse, and is currently on administrative leave from the hospital during the investigation.

    >>
  • Hayden man arrested for hate crime following fight with youth pastor

    Hayden man arrested for hate crime following fight with youth pastor

    Friday, July 20 2018 2:36 AM EDT2018-07-20 06:36:38 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On July 12, officers responded to a large fight at a Coeur d'Alene McDonald's. Court documents say a Hayden man was charged with battery and malicious harassment, which is considered a hate crime in Idaho, following an investigation by police.  When officers arrived on scene, the fight had broken up, but witnesses were interviewed at the scene.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - On July 12, officers responded to a large fight at a Coeur d'Alene McDonald's. Court documents say a Hayden man was charged with battery and malicious harassment, which is considered a hate crime in Idaho, following an investigation by police.  When officers arrived on scene, the fight had broken up, but witnesses were interviewed at the scene.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Crisis for Macron as security aide is detained for beating

    Crisis for Macron as security aide is detained for beating

    Friday, July 20 2018 5:16 AM EDT2018-07-20 09:16:18 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 4:01 AM EDT2018-07-21 08:01:10 GMT
    A top security aide for President Emmanuel Macron caught on camera beating a protester has been detained and is being question for possible charges.>>
    A top security aide for President Emmanuel Macron caught on camera beating a protester has been detained and is being question for possible charges.>>
  • US presses China and Russia to enforce sanctions on NKorea

    US presses China and Russia to enforce sanctions on NKorea

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:56 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:56:35 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 4:01 AM EDT2018-07-21 08:01:09 GMT
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Korea's foreign minister are briefing the U.N. Security Council on President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Seoul's dialogue with...>>
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Korea's foreign minister are briefing the U.N. Security Council on President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Seoul's dialogue with Pyongyang.>>
  • 'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

    'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

    Friday, July 20 2018 2:50 PM EDT2018-07-20 18:50:18 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 3:37 AM EDT2018-07-21 07:37:06 GMT
    (AP Photo/Esteban Felix). In this July 18, 2018 photo, Rolando Bueso Castillo and his wife Adalicia Montecinos, stand in their home in La Libertad, Honduras. It's been five months since they have seen their infant son Johan Bueso Castillo who was separ...(AP Photo/Esteban Felix). In this July 18, 2018 photo, Rolando Bueso Castillo and his wife Adalicia Montecinos, stand in their home in La Libertad, Honduras. It's been five months since they have seen their infant son Johan Bueso Castillo who was separ...
    A Honduran man who was separated from his baby son at the Texas border and then deported without him soon will hold the boy again.>>
    A Honduran man who was separated from his baby son at the Texas border and then deported without him soon will hold the boy again.>>