CJC No. 8662-F-178
May 11, 2018
From an agreed statement of facts, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Wilson stipulated that he violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 2 (Rules 2.2, 2.3, 2.6 and 2.8) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Judge Wilson violated the Code by addressing a defendant in his courtroom in a disparaging and confrontational manner, referring to him as "an animal," and refusing to allow the defendant to speak. The Commission admonished Judge Wilson and ordered him to complete ethics training focused on appropriate courtroom demeanor and read the Code.
CJC No. 8460-F-177
May 11, 2018
From an agreed statement of facts, former Granger Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Hitchcock stipulated that she failed to comply with the remedial terms of the stipulation in CJC No. 7377-F-160. Respondent is no longer serving as a judicial officer and agreed that she will not serve in any future judicial position without the Commission`s approval. The Commission dismissed this matter.
CJC No. 8521-F-175
March 9, 2018
From an agreed statement of facts, Lewis County Superior Court Judge Joely A. O'Rourke stipulated that she violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 2 (Rules 2.2 and 2.11(A)(6)(a) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Judge O'Rourke violated the Code by presiding over a case in which she had previously served as the defendant's attorney and making comments attesting to the defendant's character which may have reasonably given the impression that she was not impartial in the matter. The Commission admonished Judge O'Rourke and ordered her to promptly read the Code.