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2013 Public Actions


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 Tony Parise

CJC No. 7292-F-155
October 4, 2013

From an agreed statement of facts, the Commission found that Whatcom County District Court Commissioner Tony Parise violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 2 (Rules 2.2 and 2.8) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Commissioner Parise stipulated that in a hearing, he failed to maintain courtroom decorum by making comments that were, or that were reasonably perceived to be, undignified, discourteous and disrespectful; and set bail in an amount that reasonably appeared to be retaliatory in the same case. The Commission admonished Commissioner Parise, ordered him to promptly read and familiarize himself with the Code of Judicial Conduct and complete training focused on demeanor and temperament.

Certificate of Completion and Order filed 07/11/2014.

Stipulation, Agreement and Order of Admonishment filed October 4, 2013.

In re the Honorable Gary R. Tabor

CJC No. 7251-F-158
October 4, 2013

From an agreed statement of facts, the Commission found that Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 3 (Rule 3.1) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Judge Tabor stipulated that he accepts the Commission’s determination that he created the appearance of impropriety by publically stating he would not perform same-sex marriages in his judicial capacity while continuing to perform opposite-sex marriages. Performing marriages is an extrajudicial activity. Rule 3.1 prohibits judges from participating in extrajudicial activities that would undermine their impartiality, including activities that involve discriminatory actions and expressions of express bias or prejudice. Following contact by the Commission, of his own volition, the judge ceased performing all marriages in his judicial capacity. The Commission admonished Judge Tabor and ordered him to read and familiarize himself with the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Stipulation, Agreement and Order of Admonishment filed October 4, 2013.

 

In re the Honorable Rick L. Porter

CJC No. 7112-F-157
May 10, 2013

From an agreed statement of facts, Clallam County District Court Judge Rick L. Porter stipulated that he violated Canon 1 (Rule 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 2 (Rule 2.11) of the Code of Judicial Conduct by signing at least ten bench warrants in cases in which he had been disqualified by affidavits of prejudice. The bench warrants were issued through a Pay or Appear probationary compliance program set in place by Judge Porter. The program was without safeguards to ensure the judge did not take action in cases from which he had been disqualified. He additionally agreed that he violated Canon 2 (Rule 2.2 and 2.9) of the Code when he failed to disclose ex parte communications. Judge Porter stipulated that he received unsolicited factual assertions about a defendant from a court clerk that the defendant was submitting false information to the court. He failed to timely disclose and apparently relied on this information in ruling on the defendant's case. The Commission admonished the judge.

Stipulation, Agreement and Order of Admonishment filed May 10, 2013.

 

In re the Honorable Timothy P. Ryan

CJC No. 7150-F-156
May 10, 2013

From an agreed statement of facts, Snohomish County District Court Judge Timothy Ryan stipulated that he violated Canon 1, Rules 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct when he gratuitously identified himself as a judge to a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop. The Commission admonished Judge Ryan. The Commission took into account the fact that, prior to contact from the Commission, Judge Ryan chose to resign his judicial office, believing this incident would tarnish his effectiveness as a district court judge.

Stipulation, Agreement and Order of Admonishment filed May 10, 2013.

 

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