Stan Lippmann

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Stanley Irving Lippmann is a disbarred lawyer, anti-vaccination activist and a perennial candidate[1] from the U.S. state of Washington.

Early life and education[edit]

Lippmann was born in Brooklyn, New York[2] and received his undergraduate degree in physics from New York University. In 1995 he moved to Seattle from his then home in California[3] to attend law school, taking a JD from the University of Washington School of Law in 1998.[dead link] [4]

Political campaigns[edit]

Lippmann has unsuccessfully run for public office more than a dozen times, standing for election for Mayor of Seattle, Seattle City Council, U.S. House of Representatives, Attorney General of Washington, Board Member of the Seattle Monorail Project, King County Executive, Mayor of Lake Forest Park, Washington, the Washington House of Representatives, mayor of Seattle, and the Washington State Supreme Court. As Lippmann was disbarred from the practise of law in 2008, a Thurston County judge ruled that he was ineligible to stand for election to this office and ordered his name struck off the ballot, along with that of another disbarred lawyer.[5]

Controversies[edit]

Anti-vaccinationism[edit]

While in law school, Lippmann wrote a lengthy paper railing against mandatory vaccinations.[6] When running for King County Executive in 2009, he called the 2009 swine flu pandemic a "hoax" intended to "move more Tamiflu off the shelf."[7]

Disbarment[edit]

On October 24, 2008, Lippmann was disbarred from the practice of law for numerous financial improprieties including, among others, theft of client funds, charging excessive fees, and improperly taking loans from clients.[8][9]

Miscellaneous[edit]

A disbarred attorney, Lippmann has occasionally made headlines for reasons unrelated to his frequent political campaigns. The month following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Lippmann attended a "flag-waving rally" organized by Seattle conservative talk radio station KVI-AM carrying a sign showing the head of George W. Bush superimposed on the body of Adolf Hitler. According to Lippmann, he wanted to "shock the brainwashed crowd". Despite being protected by eight Seattle police officers, Lippmann was still assaulted by a passerby.[10] In 2004 Lipmann was a partner in a small business center, Lipmann again walked away from a note and left other investors responsible to cover debts totally over $30,000.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roach Calls Municipal League Ratings Unfair". SeattleMet. July 19, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "In Their Own Words: Meet Lake Forest Park Mayoral Candidate Stan Lippmann". Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch. August 3, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  3. ^ Barnett, Erica (August 1, 2010). "Turf: Philosophical on Eastlake". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  4. ^ Flandro, Carly (August 1, 2010). "Open seats in House, Senate give voters plenty of choices". Seattle Times. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Green, Sara Jean (June 6, 2018). "Disbarred attorneys not qualified to run for state Supreme Court, booted off the ballot". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Lippmann, Stan (June 1998). "1998: The Law of Vaccination – Toward Radical Reform". Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Holden, Dominic (August 6, 2009). "The Oddballs for King County Executive". The Stranger. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Ervin, Keith (June 14, 2009). "County-exec candidate Lippmann was disbarred for misconduct". Seattle Times. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  9. ^ "Discipline Notice - Stanley Lippmann". Washington State Bar Association. October 24, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Mob psychology". The Stranger. October 8, 2001. Retrieved September 4, 2020.