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Judge’s “Shocking” Words at Meeting Lead to Censure


— December 11, 2007

Judge John Wulle

Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle has been censured for “demeaning, offensive and shocking” behavior at a training conference last year.

Wulle, 57, appeared before the state Commission on Judicial Conduct on Friday in SeaTac.

The judge and seven other people from Clark County, including a deputy prosecuting attorney, a juvenile probation officer and a defense attorney, attended “Planning Your Juvenile Drug Court,” July 24 to 28, 2006, in Los Angeles.

According to a nine-page document posted on the commission’s Web site, Wulle used profanity, made an obscene gesture in response to a request to lower his voice, and referred to Clark County’s group facilitator as “the black gay guy” while at the Los Angeles event. Also, after the facilitator said, “Clark County gets a star” for finishing an assignment, Wulle said, “I don’t need a star. I’m not a Jew.”

Several witnesses said Wulle smelled of alcohol, according to the censure order.

Details here from The Seattle Times.


Judge John Wulle

Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle has been censured for “demeaning, offensive and shocking” behavior at a training conference last year.

Wulle, 57, appeared before the state Commission on Judicial Conduct on Friday in SeaTac.

The judge and seven other people from Clark County, including a deputy prosecuting attorney, a juvenile probation officer and a defense attorney, attended “Planning Your Juvenile Drug Court,” July 24 to 28, 2006, in Los Angeles.

According to a nine-page document posted on the commission’s Web site, Wulle used profanity, made an obscene gesture in response to a request to lower his voice, and referred to Clark County’s group facilitator as “the black gay guy” while at the Los Angeles event. Also, after the facilitator said, “Clark County gets a star” for finishing an assignment, Wulle said, “I don’t need a star. I’m not a Jew.”

Several witnesses said Wulle smelled of alcohol, according to the censure order.

Details here from The Seattle Times.

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