William C. Goodloe

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William Cassius Goodloe, III
Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
In office
January 14, 1985 – July 17, 1988
Appointed by General Election
Judge on the King County Superior Court
Personal details
Born (1919-09-19)September 19, 1919
Lexington, Kentucky
Died January 18, 1997(1997-01-18) (aged 77)
Seattle, Washington
Political party American Heritage Party
Spouse(s) Ruth
Alma mater University of Washington

William Cassius Goodloe III (September 19, 1919 – January 18, 1997) was an American lawyer, politician and judge, who served as Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court from 1985 to 1988.[1]

Life and career[edit]

William Goodloe was born in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in 1948, he went on to practice as a trial lawyer for 24 years.[1]

Goodloe served in the Washington State Senate as a Republican from 1951 to 1959, and later headed the 1962 World's Fair committee. He also served as the chairman of the Washington State Republican Party from 1960 to 1962.[2]

He served on the King County Superior Court for twelve years and served for three and a half years on the Washington State Supreme Court from January 14, 1985 to July 17, 1988, after winning a contested election. While on the Supreme Court, Justice Goodloe authored 56 majority opinions with 12 concurrences and 34 dissents. He resigned his position before the end of his first term.[1]

Goodloe twice attempted to run for the US Senate. In 1988, he entered the Republican primary against Slade Gorton, receiving around 3% of the vote.[3] In January 1992, Goodloe challenged Democratic Senator Brock Adams as a third-party candidate, representing the Washington Taxpayers Party, which he had established in 1991.[1]

In the early 1990s, Goodloe set up a group called "Morality in Youth", to oppose a plan by the Seattle School District to distribute contraception in public schools.[3]


He was an advocate of jury nullification and suggested that the following instruction be given by judges to all juries in criminal cases:

"You are instructed that this being a criminal case you are the exclusive judges of the evidence, the credibility of the witnesses and the weight to be given to their testimony, and you have a right also to determine the law in the case. The court does not intend to express any opinion concerning the weight of the evidence, but it is the duty of the court to advise you as to the law, and it is your duty to consider the instructions of the court; yet in your decision upon the merits of the case you have a right to determine for yourselves the law as well as the facts by which your verdict shall be governed."[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Goodloe and his wife Phyllis lived in the Seattle area with a large family. He was also a Freemason and a member of the Valley of Seattle, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite and held the rank and title of 32° Knight Commander of the Court of Honour.

As well as being an amateur painter, Goodloe spent a majority of his time after his retirement studying and giving speeches on the US Constitution.


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Washington State Supreme Court justice dies". Ellensburg Daily Record. January 21, 1997. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  2. ^ King, Warren (January 21, 1997). "Former Justice Goodloe Dies -- Jurist Championed Conservative Causes". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Former State Supreme Court Justice Goodloe Dies At 77". The Spokesman Review. January 21, 1997. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 

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