CJC No. 9014-F-184
April 26, 2019
From an agreed statement of facts, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Timothy Fennessy 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. Judge Fennessy violated the Code when he took more than the time permitted by the State Constitution, state statute, and the Code of Judicial Conduct in deciding two cases before him. The Commission admonished Judge Fennessy and ordered him to promptly review the Code and, for a one year period following entry of this stipulation, Respondent will affirm in writing to the Commission every three months that he has no matters with decisions pending beyond ninety days.
CJC No. 9126-F-185
April 26, 2019
From an agreed statement of facts, former King County District Court Judge David Meyer stipulated that he violated Canon 1 (Rules 1.1 and 1.2) and Canon 2 (Rules 2.6(A), 2.8(A) and (B)) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Judge Meyer violated the Code when, during two hearings for Anti-Harassment Orders, he was unnecessarily confrontational, unreasonably limited the litigants’ presentations of their respective cases, criticized a domestic violence survivor for her choice in relationships, and laughed at a response of a lawyer who was present for one of the hearings. Judge Meyer indicated that he believed this was a one-time lapse in appropriate demeanor and also noted that it occurred during what he described as a long and difficult calendar. The Commission admonished Judge Meyer and ordered him to promptly review the Code and complete two hours of courtroom demeanor training before resuming judicial service.