WA Legal Roundup - Washington State Supreme Court
Morgan wanted to fight the release of a report under the PRA. The contents of the report involved investigation of a hostile work environment, which Morgan had attempted to stop. Morgan also attempted to claim that the investigation by the City Attorney's Office created a hostile work environment for him.
There's a really good joke in there. Its time's like this I wish I had the wit and wisdom of the writers at What Would Tyler Durden Do? Alas, I think publicly making sex jokes about a Judge might just be...well...uncouth.
Held: The report doesn't fall under an attorney-client privilege exemption. The city attorney was investigating Morgan, not acting as his counsel. The personal information exemption allows disclosure to be withheld if the allegations are unsubstantiated. Unfortunately, simply saying I disagree does not mean its unsubstiantiated.
The Stephson Report evaluates each person's credibility and concludes that many of the allegations are likely true, unlike in [Bellevue John Does 1-11 v. Bellevue Sch. Dist. No. 405, 164 Wn.2d 199, 189 P.3d 139 (2008)], where the allegations were found to be unsubstantiated. Judge Morgan also fails to demonstrate how his behavior in the workplace is not of legitimate concern to the public and the voters.