Where applicable, the following public
cases may include Commission decisions, statements of charges, answers
to statements of charges, exhibits, and/or supreme court decisions. These
documents are available for download as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.
In re the Honorable Peter M. Lukevich
|CJC No. 3037-F-86
From an agreed statement of facts,
the Commission admonished Judge Peter M. Lukevich of the Tukwila Municipal
Court for violating Canon 3(A)3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct by making
harsh or rude comments in his official capacity. The judge agreed that
his comments could be so perceived, and further agreed to a corrective
course of action including training in demeanor and communication.
Certification and Order of Completion filed 6/17/2002
Stipulation, Agreement and Order of Admonishment
to Statement of Charges filed 8/21/2000
of Charges filed 7/6/2000.
In re the Honorable George W. Colby
|CJC No. 2511-F-85
On May 9, 2000, the Commission filed
a Statement of Charges against Judge George W. Colby of the Yakima County
District Court. The charges represented the culmination of the Commission's
confidential, complex and lengthy investigation from multiple complainants
over an extended period of time.
By stipulation, Judge Colby admitted
that he violated Canons 1, 2, 3(A)(1), 3(A)(5), and 3(D)(1)(a) of the
Code of Judicial Conduct by entering improper orders beyond the court's
jurisdiction; engaged in ex parte conversations; improperly used his
contempt authority; exhibited intemperate behavior from the bench; presided
over cases where he had a clear conflict of interest; and abused his
judicial position for personal reasons. Although denying other charges,
the judge agreed that if a hearing were held, the Commission would introduce
convincing evidence to establish the many other facts alleged in the
Statement of Charges. Among these charges were other instances of ex
parte contact with defendants, failing to follow the law, improperly
using or bringing alcohol on to the premises of the county courthouse,
and failing to discharge his administrative responsibilities. Pursuant
to agreement, the judge accepted a censure and agreed to resign from
his judicial office.
Agreement and Order of Censure filed 11/30/2000.
to Statement of Charges filed 5/30/2000.
of Charges filed 5/9/2000.
In re the Honorable Stephen
|CJC No. 3147-F-87
The Commission and
Judge Stephen L. Conroy of the Lynnwood and Edmonds Municipal Courts
stipulated that if a hearing were held, clear, cogent and convincing
evidence would establish that he: 1) intentionally made false and misleading
statements to Commission investigators; 2) presided over various matters
involving parties and/or witnesses with whom he had an intimate personal
relationship; and 3) presided over a case involving a defendant who
he had previously represented in a different matter and relied on knowledge
gained from that relationship in granting the defendant leniency. The
judge agreed that the conduct described violated Canons 1, 2 (A), 2(B),
3 (A)(1, 4, and 5), and 3 (D)(1) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Pursuant
to an agreement, the judge accepted a censure and agreed to resign from
his judicial offices.
Agreement and Order of Censure filed 10/6/2000.
In re the Honorable Rudolph
|CJC No. 2699-F-81
On December 16, 1999,
the Commission filed a Statement of Charges alleging that Judge Rudolph
J. Tollefson of the Pierce County Superior Court violated the Code of
Judicial Conduct by using intemperate and abusive language and behavior
towards court staff and another judge; engaging in improper conduct
by entering ex parte orders when he was a district court judge; engaging
in ex parte contacts and failing to maintain his impartiality in a child
custody matter pending before him; including undertaking an ex parte
investigation outside the courtroom; and failing to maintain, enforce,
and observe high standards of judicial conduct so that the integrity
and independence of the judiciary would be preserved.
Judge Tollefson agreed
that there was sufficient evidence to establish his described conduct
and that such conduct violated Canons 1, 2 (A), 2 (B), 3 (A)(1, 2, 3,
4, 5 and 7), 3 (B)(1), 3 (B)(3), and 3 (D)(1) of the Code of Judicial
Conduct. The judge agreed to a censure, to take a course in judicial
ethics, and to participate in anger management therapy. The judge further
agreed to a five-month suspension without pay.
Certification and Order of Completion filed 2/2/2001
Court Order In re Tollefson, No. 70051-6 (Aug. 30, 2000)
Agreement and Order of Censure, and Recommendation for Suspension
Amendment to the Statement of Charges filed 1/31/2000
to Statement of Charges filed 1/6/2000
of Charges filed 12/16/1999.
In re the Honorable Randolph
|CJC No. 3245-F-84
June 2, 2000
The Commission and
Judge Randolph Furman of the Cowlitz County Superior Court stipulated
that if a hearing were held, evidence would be presented to establish
that he used court computer equipment and state provided Internet services
over a seven-month period to access Internet sites for his personal
benefit. The Internet sites accessed included "aduIt-only" sites, on-line
auction sites, personal financial service sites, shopping sites and
personal travel sites. The judge agreed that the conduct, if established,
would support a determination that he violated Canons 1, 2(A) and 3(B)(1)
of the Code of Judicial Conduct and RCW 42.52.160. The Commission censured
the judge. The judge also agreed to resign from office and not to seek
or hold any judicial office in the future without securing Commission
Agreement and Order of Censure filed 6/2/2000.
In re the Honorable Harry
|CJC No. 98-2776-F-83
The Commission had
reason to commence an investigation based upon information that former
Commissioner Harry Slusher of the King County Superior Court maintained
an undisclosed social relationship with a witness for a party in a matter
pending before him. This relationship raised, at a minimum, the appearance
of impropriety. Pursuant to a stipulation, former Commissioner Slusher
agreed that he would not seek or serve in any position performing judicial
functions without Commission approval, and the Commission agreed to
close the matter without further proceedings.
and Order filed 2/4/2000.
the Honorable James W. Bates, Jr.
|CJC No. 98-2911-F-80
The Commission and Judge James A.
Bates, Jr. of the King County Superior Court stipulated that the judge
had maintained a sexual relationship and lived with a court employee
under his direct daily supervision for about six years during the mid-1980's.
The parties stipulated that, although the judge would have produced
evidence to the contrary at a hearing, evidence would show that the
judge had made comments of a sexual nature at work that were not work-related
with two additional subordinate employees. The judge agreed that the
conduct described would support a determination that he violated Canons
1, 2(A), 2(B), and 3(A)(3) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The judge
agreed to a censure and to take a course in sensitivity training. The
judge further agreed to a one-month suspension.
In agreeing to the sanction, the
Commission took into account the judge's long term of service; the absence
of prior disciplinary actions; the passage of time since the events;
the judge's recognition that he should not have acted as he did; that
the conduct did not occur in public and did not impact his action in
court cases; and other mitigating factors.
Court Order In re Bates, No. 98-2911-F80 (Feb. 17, 2000)
and Order of Censure - Recommendation of Suspension filed