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WA Supreme Court: Judge Eiler Suspended Without Pay for 5 Days

Discipline of Eiler

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(Washington's Real Life Judge Judy)

There is not much to report here. Eiler is essentially Washington's Judge Judy. She takes a harsh demeanor with pro se litigants and even with counsel. Her conduct garnered mentions in several local papers, The Huffington Post, and even Time. Justice Sanders, never a fan of any form of judicial or attorney discipline, set the level of discipline at a 5-day suspension. However, he would have provided a reprimand.

´╗┐Four justices endorse suspending the Honorable Judith Raub Eiler without pay for five days. Four justices find suspension without pay for 90 days appropriate. Both choices leave much to be desired, but I believe suspension for five days without pay presents the lesser of two evils we could loose upon Judge Eiler. I endorse such a result only to avert the dissent's undeservedly harsh sanction. Accordingly I agree with the lead opinion in result only.

Personally, I think that the decorum in the courtroom is one of the mainstays of confidence in the judicial system. The dissent, short just one vote, had it right:

Statements by a judge implying that a litigant is an "idiot" or "stupid" and the rendering of other derisive comments about persons who are before the judge is not conduct that engenders respect for the judiciary or provides confidence in the impartiality of the justice system.

Maybe the suspension will help her see the error of her ways. Lord knows the previous reprimand didn't.

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