John Scannell is a colorful individual who has an equally colorful past. But in every step leading to the present he has been the champion of the underdog in his adherence to high moral and ethical tenets.
John Scannell, also know as “Zamboni John” was the Zamboni driver at Seattle hockey games. His notoriety spawned from a tradition of disgruntled fans throwing a dead fish on the ice. John would have the duty to gather up the dead fish so the game could continue. During one such incident in which the fans felt the need … a fish was thrown on the ice and John in avid support of the fans made it look like he bit the head off the raw dead fish. Hence “Zamboni John.”
John Scannell, the lawyer, displayed equal zeal in “biting the heads off” corrupt lawyers and judges in support of his ‘underdog clients’. However this didn’t suit well with the WA State Bar (Like I’m surprised) when Scannell went after Christine Gregoire and the Bar made it their mission to have him disbarred.
At the time, Scannell told The Seattle Times that the Supreme Court’s disbarment of him was an “absolute travesty” and said he was the target of a conspiracy stemming from his filing a 2002 bar complaint against then-Attorney General Christ Gregoire. He contended that the AG failed to supervise her office closely enough, so that a deadline in a lawsuit was missed at a cost to the state of $19 million.
The Supreme Court said his conduct “undermines the self-governing nature of the practice of law,” adding: “If all lawyers accused of misconduct were as intentionally uncooperative as Scannell has been, self regulation would be impossible.”
In speaking with John about his ordeal with the WA State Bar, that spanned 3-years, I heard about all the same tactics others experience from a profession that only answers to itself. Judges lie about the facts and disregard the law in making their rulings and other despicable behavior. One such judge was Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens, who wrote for a 6-2 court majority in the Scannell disbarment matter that Scannell “engaged in a deliberate attempt to stonewall, prolong and ultimately defeat the disciplinary proceedings against him.”
Long story short, while the WA State Bar ultimately succeeded in disbarring Zamboni John, an opposite ruling by the Federal Court System refused to disbar him from practicing in Federal Courts.
Now John Scannell, a WA State disbarred lawyer who isn’t disbarred in the eyes of the Feds, is running for Supreme Court Judge and his opponent is non other than Justice Debra Stephens.
I love IT!