William L. Downing

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William Lansing Downing (born August 1, 1949) is a former judge of the Superior Court of Washington for King County (Seattle) and a former deputy prosecutor. He is notable for his ruling that same-sex marriages are legal in Washington, as well as for the prosecutions of the Wah Mee massacre killers.[1]

In 1978, he graduated with a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, along with classmate Robert S. Lasnik.[2]


  1. ^ Westneat, Danny (January 5, 2017). "Retiring Judge William Downing's legacy: shifting the debate on gay marriage". Seattle Times. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Retired Judge William L. Downing Joins JAMS in Seattle". JAMS ADR. Retrieved March 25, 2017.

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