To the editor:
As a domestic violence survivor and having grown up on Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County needs a fair and impartial and compassionate Superior Court judge.
To a victim of domestic violence, getting through the court system is the most important part of the case; it is also the scariest and most complicated. To have a judge who understands the dynamics of domestic violence is a must. Karen Klein is just such a person.
As a judge pro-tempore she has served in all aspects of the court system, municipal, district and superior courts. She has presided over criminal and civil cases. As an attorney she has dealt with the defense side of the both the criminal and civil sides of the criminal justice system. She understands the dynamics of both the victims and the perpetrators as well as the needs of the community.
Her wide and balanced experience, together with her strict ethics will enable her to preside with knowledge and understanding over the variety of cases which come before the superior court, not just the domestic violence cases.
Karen has been chief executive officer of a small business. She has lectured and taught at the University of Washington law school, and has mentored new attorneys. Through her volunteer work, she is familiar with many aspects and problems of the community.
As a person, her reputation is one of being ethical, thorough and prepared.
Karen Klein is well-qualified to serve as that fair and impartial and compassionate Superior Court judge.