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Case Summary for Complaint # 6527

Name: John V. Lyman

Title: Judge

Court: Tumwater Municipal Court

County: Thurston

Discipline: Reprimand

Method of Resolution: Stipulation

Discipline Date: 07/08/2011

Canons Violated:1, 2(A)

Summary: From an agreed statement of facts, the Commission found that Judge John Lyman of the Tenino and Tumwater Municipal Courts violated Canons 1 and 2(A) of the Code of Judicial when he drove under the influence of alcohol, hit an unattended vehicle and left without notifying the owner thereof of the damage. The judge was charged with hit and run of an unattended vehicle and DUI and entered a deferred prosecution in Tumwater Municipal Court (before a visiting judge) to resolve those charges. The Commission reprimanded Judge Lyman who also agreed, among other things, to comply with all conditions of the Municipal Court order granting deferred prosecution of the matter, to recuse himself on timely request of litigants from DUI and hit-and-run matters, and to make a number of presentations related to his conduct to the public and to judicial associations.

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