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Case Summary for Complaint # 8333


Name: Douglas Federspiel

Title: Judge

Court: Yakima County Superior Court

County: Yakima

Discipline: Reprimand

Method of Resolution: Stipulation

Discipline Date: 05/12/2017

Canons Violated:Canon 1: Rules 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 and Canon 4: Rule 4.1(A)(9)

Summary: 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.

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