A SPOKANE JUDGE IS ON THE SHORT LIST TO BECOME THE
NEXT WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.
MICHAEL PRICE HAS SERVED AS A SPOKANE SUPERIOR COURT
JUDGE FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS.
IF JUDGE PRICE IS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, HE'D
BE THE 2ND JUSTICE ON THE BENCH FROM EASTERN WASHINGTON.
KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ IS LIVE TONIGHT WITH WHY JUDGE
PRICE'S COLLEAGUES THINK HE'S THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE
JUDGE PRICE IS WELL LIKED BY HIS PEERS.
HE'S KNOWN TO BE VERY OPEN-MINDED AND SOMEONE WHO
ALWAYS FOLLOWS THE LAW.
AND NOW THIS TRIAL JUDGE IS IN THE RUNNING TO BECOME
THE NEXT SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OF WASHINGTON.
counsel good morning, please be seated
IN COURTROOM 307, YOU'LL FIND A WIDELY RESPECTED AND
what's the state's position to that
WHO'S EARNED A NOTEWORTHY REPUTATION -- IN HIS TEN
YEARS ON THE BENCH.
do you want to just stand on your pleadings
BUT NOW SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE MICHAEL PRICE COULD BE
LEAVING WHAT HE CALLS, THE GREATEST JOB IN THE WORLD,
TO BECOME A STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.
i have a reputation for being able to get people together
and to talk and work together and that's important
when you have nine justices who all have strong opinions
about the law
PRESIDING SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE SAM COZA SAYS PRICE
IS ADAPTABLE, HE CAN HANDLE ANY CASE.
HE'S ALSO FLEXIBLE AND VERY WELL THOUGHT OF BY ATTORNEYS
AND FELLOW JUDGES.
he's very open minded, listens to everyone's arguments
and renders very thoughtful and careful decisions
JUDGE PRICE HAS DEEP ROOTS IN EASTERN WASHINGTON,
GROWING UP HERE AND GRADUATING FROM GONZAGA WITH HIS
BACHELORS AND LAW DEGREE.
THAT'S ONE REASON HIS PEERS THINK HE SHOULD BE PICKED.
i think it's important for the balance of the court
to have somebody from eastern washington
DEPUTY PROSECUTOR TONY HAZEL AGREES.
HE'S A STRONG SUPPORTER OF JUDGE PRICE'S APPOINTMENT
TO THE SUPREME COURT.
you need someone that has high intelligence, you need
a judge that is also somewhat conscious of the effects
of his or her decisions
THE DECISION IS UP TO GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE.
BUT JUDGE PRICE'S COLLEAGUES HOPE THE TRIAL JUDGE
FROM SPOKANE IS SELECTED, HELPING TO BRING MORE EASTERN
WASHINGTON REPRESENTATION TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT.
THE GOVERNOR IS EXPECTED TO APPOINT SOMEONE TO THE
BENCH NO LATER THAN THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY.
KYLEE CRUZ, KXLY4 NEWS