Judge Wulle takes stand as conduct hearing begins

first_imgAfter spending 12 years on the bench, Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle took the stand Monday during a hearing to determine if he violated codes of conduct.Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct members heard testimony relating to four courtroom actions over a three-year period. If found guilty, Wulle could face admonishment, a written warning or a censure. He lost his re-election bid earlier this month to Vancouver attorney David Gregerson.“Sometimes I do things I wish I had not done,” Wulle said. “I’m just human.”After viewing courtroom videos from all the events, a visibly upset Wulle said it was unfair to pick four events from a 30-year career and throw them in his face.“Excuse me for being blunt, but it’s not fair to destroy a man in this way,” he said. He said the case — and media attention — hurt his family, ended his career and is now putting his reputation is at stake.In his opening statements, Disciplinary Counsel Steven Reisler argued that Wulle’s behavior during the hearings shows a pattern of problematic behavior.Wulle’s attorney, Josephine Townsend, said four events over a three-year period doesn’t really show a pattern. She also said her client isn’t denying his actions.last_img