WA Judge Wins Despite Opposition Over Porn Opinion

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The all-out effort to deny Washington state Supreme Court Justice Charlie Wiggins another six-year term, mounted by a group of billionaires, failed as the vote count showed Wiggins defeating Federal Way Municipal Court Judge Dave Larson, the Seattle Times reports. Wiggins was leading with 58 percent of the vote.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and a handful of other donors poured $900,000 into a late-campaign ad barrage to defeat Wiggins. A political action committee, Citizens for Working Courts, raised $550,000 to air positive TV ads about Larson, presiding judge in Federal Way Municipal Court. Another PAC, Judicial Integrity Washington, raised more than $350,000 for TV ads against Wiggins, citing a majority opinion he wrote overturning on constitutional grounds a conviction in a child-pornography possession case. The defendant was subsequently arrested and charged with trying to arrange sex with a 14-year-old girl he met online who actually was an undercover officer.

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