Prosecutors in five Washington counties want former Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders barred from continuing to rule on cases - an effort Sanders calls a blatant attempt to manipulate the court.
Sanders was beaten by Charlie Wiggins in his bid for a fourth term last fall, and his tenure on the court expired last month. Following historical practice, the remaining Supreme Court justices gave him an extra two months to wrap up about 70 cases in which no ruling had been made.
Prosecutors in King, Clallam, Snohomish, Skagit and Grant counties say under the state Constitution, only judges or retired judges - not defeated ones - can be appointed as temporary justices. The Supreme Court has rejected those arguments.
Sanders says the prosecutors are just trying to get him off the court because they don't like his rulings.