Topic: Snohomish County District Court
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May 10, 2013 at 1:33 PM
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA – Washington’s Judicial Conduct Commission has issued admonishments to one current and one former district court judge.
Former Snohomish County District Court Judge Timothy P. Ryan acknowledged that it was inappropriate for him to mention that he was a judge during a traffic stop. He was pulled over and arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, but never charged with DUI.
Ryan resigned after the incident, believing it would tarnish his credibility as a judge who heard DUI cases.
The other admonished judge is Rick L. Porter in Clallam County. Porter acknowledged that he inadvertently signed bench warrants in some cases he had been disqualified from handling. The commission also said that in one case, Porter received information that was not part of the court record, and failed to promptly disclose that to the attorneys involved.
An admonishment is the lowest level of discipline the commission can impose, and essentially constitutes a written warning not to do it again.
September 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM
The Associated Press
A Snohomish County judge who presides over drunken-driving cases may now be facing DUI charges.
The Daily Herald reports the State Patrol stopped Snohomish County District Court Judge Timothy Ryan on the Bothell-Everett Highway on Wednesday night. Patrol Sgt. Kirk Rudeen says his car was drifting outside its lane and he was going 53 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Rudeen says Ryan was cooperative and polite, but he smelled of alcohol.
The arresting trooper reported Ryan’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and that his face was flushed. A second trooper called to the scene says the Lynnwood judge’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.
State Patrol reports show Ryan refused field-sobriety tests and refused a breath test.
Ryan told the trooper he drank one beer with a fellow judge before his arrest. Efforts to reach the judge by phone were unsuccessful.
In Washington, a driver who refuses to take a breath test during a DUI stop is subject to a two-year license suspension.
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