Frank Cuthbertson

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Frank Cuthbertson is a Pierce County, Washington Superior Court Judge.

After the "Greensboro massacre"

Immediately after the gunfight, a dozen men were arrested for first-degree murder arid/or conspiracy to commit murder. Three more were arrested during the following investigation. Of these, seven voluntarily stated they were members of the Ku Klux Klan and three more said they were members of the National Socialist Party.

Communist Workers Party members and supporters arrested for possession of weapons and other charges included a group of fifteen persons from Philadelphia who had traveled as part of a 25-car caravan for the "Death to the Klan" march. These included Jody Ansell , Daniel Bartoletti, Christine Chin, Howard Chin, Steve Clark, Joseph E. Cook, Jr., Robert Dohey, David W. Fay, Carl Foushee, Lawrence Goode, Fred Gumminger, Phyllis Jones, Jerome Ludder, Hollis McCoy and Olphiand Ortega.

A second group of CWP activists had traveled to Greensboro from Durham. Those from the Durham group arrested included Leonard Briggs, Thomas Clark, Frank Cuthbertson, Francis Davis, Charles Finch, Gershon Gell, Christopher Lewis and Gregory Plante.[1]

Later controversy

There is independent evidence to corroborate, that Pierce County, WA Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson took part in the rally, was arrested and convicted, and failed to pay court costs. Washington state Attorney Doug Schafer reported that Cuthbertson “failed to disclose” his 1980 arrest when he applied to the Washington State Bar Association and when the governor appointed him to sit on the bench of the Superior Court. Shafer also stated that after initially supporting Cuthbertson, he confronted him regarding the alleged North Carolina weapons charge and Cuthbertson claimed that “the allegation was absolutely false.”

A second news report quotes Cuthbertson as having admitted to his involvement in the November 11, 1979 incident and the weapons violation charge. However, the News Tribune reportedly had endorsed Cuthbertson and stated in its article that it had “checked newspaper articles, a book written about the history of Greensboro and interviewed a reporter who has covered the story since the shootout. None mentioned Cuthbertson.”

A lengthy list of those endorsing Cuthbertson’s election following his initial appointment to the bench includes the statement from then-Governor Gary Locke:

I want only the very best, brightest and hardest-working judges. Judge Frank Cuthbertson has the integrity, fairness, hard work and intelligence that meets my standards of what a judge should bring to the courtroom.[2]


  1. Red Tide Rising in the Carolinas
  2. Charleston Voice, Washington State allows Judge with Criminal History to Sit on the Sharon Rondeau]