On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct announced that it would not continue to pursue charges against Pima County Justice of the Peace Adam Watters, who had been accused of judicial misconduct by using profanity and mishandling a gun.

In a press release, the Commission on Judicial Conduct said that it accepted a stipulated resolution between the Commission’s Disciplinary Counsel and Justice of the Peace Adam Watters to resolve pending formal charges.

The formal charges alleged that Watters used profane language on two separate occasions. The incidents had something to do with a stalking case between Watters and a Tucson property owner named Fei Qin. Watters had presided over an eviction case involving Qin and the justice accused the landlord of harassing him.

In February of last year, when Qin was passing Watters’ house in Pima County, Watters reportedly confronted him and discharged a gun at him. Qin was not hit by the gunshot. The justice allegedly recorded part of the interaction and the video was published by the Arizona Daily Star.

After being found guilty of stalking, Qin received a prison term from the Arizona Department of Corrections. Due to the low possibility of getting a conviction, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue criminal charges against Watters.

According to an agreement signed by Watters, the commission decided to allow him to finish out his term as justice of the peace, which will expire on December 31, 2022.

The release stated:

“He has not sought reelection. Thereafter, Judge Watters will not be permitted to serve as a judicial officer in any capacity in the State of Arizona. The hearing panel convened on Sept. 7, 2022, to consider the pending formal charges against Judge Watters. At the time of the hearing, the hearing panel accepted the stipulated resolution of the parties and found it was in the interests of justice.”

The Judge’s Courtroom is at 240 North Stone Avenue in Tucson and can be reached at (520) 724-3171.

A copy of the press release can be found here.