Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Judge Censured For Misconduct At Training Conference

The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct censured a Superior Court Judge for misconduct at a training conference. He "repeatedly interrupted group discussion by using profanity and expletives to express his disapproval of or indifference to pursuing federal funding" for his court program. He also made a number of remarks concerning race, gender and sexual orientation. When told his group would get a star for its work, he said "I don't need a star. I'm not a Jew." When told to lower his voice during a planary session, he responded "by raising his middle finger at the team member." While several witnesses smelled the odor of alcohol on the judge, he denied drinking and attributed the smell to  cough syrup. The sanction, imposed by agreement, requires the judge to take 10 hours of courses in judicial ethics, an alcohol and drug evaluation and seven hours of "programs on racial, religious, sexual orientation, and diversity training." He agreed not to retaliate against "any person known or suspected to have cooperated with [the investigation]."

This report was located after a reference to the matter appeared today on Abovethelaw.com. (Mike Frisch)


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