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Activity - Public Actions 2017



Public actions are cases that have reached a conclusion. The Commisson posts the most pertinent documents for each case on this website, but other public document may exist and are available upon request.

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Cases closed in the year

In re the Honorable Douglass North

CJC No. 8583-F-174

December 8, 2017

From an agreed statement of facts, King County Superior Court Judge Douglass A. North stipulated that he violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 2 (Rule 2.3(B)) of the Code of Judicial Conduct by making a comment from the bench suggesting a connection between race and the likelihood that someone is a gangster. Judge North immediately admitted the conduct and acknowledged his awareness of implicit bias as an issue that can affect the justice system. The Commission admonished Judge North and ordered him to complete training in implicit or unintended bias within one year.

In re the Honorable Marybeth Dingledy

CJC No. 8710-F-176

December 8, 2017

From an agreed statement of facts, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Mary Elizabeth Dingledy stipulated that she violated Canon 1, Rules 1.1 and 1.2, of the Code of Judicial Conduct by driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Judge Dingledy pleaded guilty to DUI and promptly satisfied all the terms of her sentence. She self-reported her violation to the Commission and fully cooperated with the investigation. The Commission reprimanded Judge Dingledy and ordered her to participate in three public speaking engagements about her misconduct and to promptly read the Code.

In re the Honorable Mary Roberts

CJC No. 8222-F-171

September 29, 2017

From an agreed statement of facts, King County Superior Court Judge Mary E. Roberts stipulated that she violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 2 (Rule 2.5) of the Code of Judicial Conduct by failing to issue timely decisions in multiple pending cases in violation of the Washington Constitution and RCW 2.08.240. Respondent's misconduct represented a pattern of behavior. The instances of unjustified delay occurred over the course of three years and in several cases the length of delay was significant. She also stipulated that she initially failed to respond to the Commission's inquiries. The Commission censured Judge Roberts who agreed to affirm in writing to the Commission every three months for two years that she has no overdue decisions and to read the Code of Judicial conduct in its entirety.

In re the Honorable Henry Rawson

CJC No. 8345-F-173

July 14, 2017

From an agreed statement of facts, Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Henry Rawson stipulated that he violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 2 (Rule 2.5(A)) of the Code of Judicial Conduct by failing to issue timely decisions in three pending cases in violation of the Washington Constitution and RCW 2.08.240. Judge Rawson has no history of discipline and was fully cooperative with the Commission. The Commission admonished Judge Rawson.

In re the Honorable Douglas Federspiel

CJC No. 8333-F-172

May 12, 2017

From an agreed statement of facts, Yakima County Superior Court Judge Douglas Federspiel stipulated that he violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3) and Canon 4 (Rule 4.1(A)(9)) of the Code of Judicial Conduct by personally soliciting endorsements for his 2016 judicial campaign from subordinate court and county employees in a non-public area of the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center during their work hours. Judge Federspiel agreed that approaching subordinate employees during their work hours could reasonably be perceived as an abuse of his judicial position and a misuse of court facilities and resources. The Commission reprimanded Judge Federspiel and ordered him to promptly read and familiarize himself with the Code and complete one hour of pre-approved judicial campaign ethics training within 24 months.