Hon. Keith C. Harper See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Jefferson County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.8 - 2 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Keith C. Harper


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA358
Rating:4.1
Comments:
Some say Keith is a nice guy but to say he has extensive litigation experience in a wide variety of areas is grossly over reaching. Keith's experience as a prosecutor is limited to shoplifting, DUIs and minor assaults - the stuff entry level prosecutors train on. The local cops weren't happy with him because he couldn't make a decision and provided them no meaningful training or leadership. No one locally can recall if Keith has ever tried a case to a jury in superior court.

If you need a will or a contract done, go to Keith. If complex litigation is at hand Keith is completely out of his league. At least Bierbaum and Haas are able trial attorneys and are more than capable of handling complex cases. Haas also has a ton of criminal experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney. I"m not so sure of Ms. Bierbaum's criminal law experience.

This is a non-partisan race but Keith is, historically, a republican and that tends to be reflected in his rulings.

In short, is Keith a nice guy, honest, part of the establishment, able to handle relatively simple matters -yes. Is he qualified to sit as Jefferson County's only Superior Court Judge? Not even remotely. Vote for Bierbaum or Haas, at least their experience as trial attorneys is relevant to the position of a trial judge.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: WA326
Rating:9.6
Comments:
This candidate has extensive experience in many different kinds of litigation. He has been a trial attorney for over 25 years in both civil and criminal matters. He also served as a city attorney giving him a working knowledge of government and how agencies interact. He has handled Land Use, public utility issues, bankruptcies, contracts, criminal matters and labor law issues. As a sitting Court Commissioner he has been able to perform well in all areas of law that have presented in the Superior Court. He enjoys a reputation for integrity in our community.