Charles W. Johnson
|Charles W. Johnson|
|Current Court Information:|
|Washington State Supreme Court|
|Active:||1991 - present|
|Bachelors:||University of Washington, 1974|
|Law School:||Seattle University School of Law, 1976|
Charles W. Johnson is an associate justice of the Washington Supreme Court. He was first elected to the state's highest court in January 1991.He is now the most senior justice on the court. His current term expires in 2014.
After graduating from law school, Johnson went into private practice. In 1991, he was elected to the Washington Supreme Court. He also acts as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. 
Awards and Associations
- 2012 recipient, John J. McAulay Legal Educator Award
- Member, Washington State Bar Association
- Member, Tacome-Pierce County Bar Association
- Member, American Inns of Court
- Member, World Affairs Council
- Former member, Board of Directors, Washington Association for Children and Parents
- Former co-chairman, Washington State Minority and Justice Commission
- Former member, Washington State Limited Practice Board
- Former Chairman, Task Force on Equal Civil Justice Funding 
Johnson narrowly won re-election, defeating Pamela Loginsky with 54.59% of the vote. 
For a breakdown of money raised, click Follow the Money: Charles Johnson here.
Johnson won re-election against Douglas J. Smith, receiving 62.24% of the vote. 
Seattle Times interview
- General election question: What about your personal background and community involvement qualifies you for this position?
- I practiced law for 14 years, representing clients with more common legal problems, the type of cases the court often deals with. I enjoy, in my spare time, teaching state constitutional law at Seattle University and support dozens of worthwhile community programs.
- Primary election questions: What can Washington state justices do to ensure mistakes aren’t made in death-penalty cases?
- We can, as we have, adopt rules requiring appointment of qualified counsel and, as the budget allows, increase the pay to attract more qualified counsel.
- What do you think about a judge declaring the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it mentions God?
- I disagree that the First Amendment prohibits repeating the words "under God." The First Amendment is concerned about the establishment of a government religion and is not antagonistic toward religious practices.
- What value do you hold above all others and why? Personally, my relationship with my wife and family.
- As a judge, individual rights and liberties.
Marijuana odor in vehicle?
Johnson wrote the majority opinion for a unanimous decision in July 2008 determining that police cannot arrest passengers for riding in a car that smells like marijuana. The decision, "Our cases have strongly and rightfully protected our constitution's protection of individual privacy. The protections... do not fade away or disappear within the confines of an automobile. We hold that the smell of marijuana in the general area where an individual is located is insufficient, without more, to support probable cause for arrest. Where no other evidence exists linking the passenger to any criminal activity, an arrest of the passenger on the suspicion of possession of illegal substances, and any subsequent searches, is invalid and an unconstitutional invasion of that individual's right to privacy." reads
Dissent on freedom of information
On May 13, 2004, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that the attorney-client privilege is greater than the "Public Disclosure Act." Chief Justice Gerry Alexander wrote for the majority that the legislature "created the exemption when it amended the disclosure law, which makes most government documents available to the public, in 1987." Johnson wrote in the dissent that the decision "renders ineffectual the (law's) strong mandate to agencies that they must disclose public information," and that the law applies to lawyers, not governmental agencies. His dissent was signed by Justices Barbara Madsen, Richard Sanders and Tom Chambers.
- News: Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson honored, September 29, 2012
- Washington Courts, Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson
- Project Vote Smart, Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson (WA)
- The New York Times, "LAW; For Want of Recognition, Chief Justice Is Ousted", September 28, 1990
- The Seattle Times, Interview with Charles Johnson
- The Washington Supreme Court blog, an unofficial blog that covers the Washington State Supreme Court and its justices
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Washington Courts, Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson
- ↑ Washington State Supreme Court
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Project Vote Smart, Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson (WA)
- ↑ Washington Courts Press Release: "Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson honored for lifetime dedication to legal education," September 21, 2012
- ↑ Washington Secretary of State, 2008 Primary Election results
- ↑ Washington Secretary of State, Past Election Resutls
- ↑ Follow the Money: Charles Johnson
- ↑ Washington Secretary of State, 1996 General Election results
- ↑ The Seattle Times, Charles W. Johnson
- ↑ Stop the Drug War, "Probable Cause: Washington Supreme Court Rules Marijuana Smell in Vehicle Not Enough to Arrest All Occupants", July 25, 2008
- ↑ Seattle Times
- ↑ The Seattle Times, "Court: Attorney-client privilege overrides open-records law", May 14, 2004
|Former||Gerry Alexander • Richard Sanders • Tom Chambers • William H. Williams • William C. Goodloe • Bobbe Bridge •|