SEATTLE (AP) - Washington State Supreme Court Justice James M. Johnson has announced he will retire from the bench, effective April 30. Johnson said in a statement Monday that recent health concerns played a role in his retirement decision. His term was set to expire in January 2017. Johnson was first elected to the court in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. Previously, Johnson was a long-serving assistant attorney general and had a private practice in constitutional law. A Seattle native who attended Harvard University and the University of Washington School of Law, Johnson also spent two years in the United States Army. Supreme Court Justices are elected statewide, for six-year terms. In the event of a vacancy, an election is set to fill the remainder of a justice's term. The governor may also appoint a justice to serve until the general election.
March 17, 2014