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December 1, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Judge Sanders’ outburst

Be thankful for that

Shouting names from the anonymity of an audience and then leaving doesn’t qualify as heroic [“State justice confirms he yelled “Tyrant!” at [Michael] Mukasey before AG collapsed,” Politics, Nov. 26].

[Washington Supreme Court Justice] Richard Sanders’s delay in admitting his juvenile, disrespectful actions attest his agreement. The embarrassment for himself and his office is limited, fortunately, by the private nature of the forum.

Sanders’s remarks to The Times present no reasoned basis for disagreement with Mukasey’s arguments. His “impulse” betrays an injudicious bent inappropriate for his judicial duties. We are fortunate Sanders will have no involvement in matters affecting our national security.

— L.C. Bohrer, Federal Way

An unguided missile

Ace (arrogant, condescending, egotistic) Sanders demonstrated his leadership and ego during a dinner where Attorney General Michael Mukasey was giving a talk to the audience. Ace Sanders stood and shouted “Tyrant! You are a tyrant!”

Obviously, he was not demonstrating his manners, intellect or professionalism, but rather his unbounded ego. What would happen if someone in a Supreme Court session stood and shouted the same when Justice Ace Sanders was speaking?

It would be worth the effort to be in attendance and witness his reaction as an unguided missile.

— Colin Saari, Seattle

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