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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.

To view public cases that are currently open, see the Open Cases section of this website.

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Cases closed in the year

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.