On September 9, 2022, Friday, the Commission on Judicial Conduct of the State of Washington censured Scott D. Gallina , former judge of the Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia Counties Superior Courts, for criminal sexual misconduct. The case is styled as ‘In the matter of Judge Gallina’ with case number #9422-F-200.

The judge was charged with violating Canon 1, Rules 1.1, 1.2,and 1.3, and Canon 2, Rule 2.3, which requires,

Judges to comply with the law,including the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Judges to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.

Judges shall not abuse the prestige of judicial office to advance the personal or economic interests of the judge or others.

A judge shall not, in the performance of judicial duties, by words or conduct manifest bias or prejudice, or engage in harassment, and shall not permit court staff, court officials, or others subject to the judge’s direction and control to do so.

The following are as alleged and summarized from the filing.

Commission first learned of the allegations detailed herein in April of 2019. The next day, Respondent was arrested on charges of 2nd Degree Rape, 2nd Degree Assault and Indecent Liberties. He called the Commission on April 11, 2019, to report his arrest on these felony charges. He went on administrative leave and has not served as a judge after that date. The Commission received additional complaints following media accounts of the arrest and charges. Respondent plead guilty to reduced charges of Assault in the Third Degree with Sexual Motivation and Assault in the Fourth Degree with Sexual Motivation. The conduct giving rise to the charges occurred while Respondent was a judicial officer, and the victims of the conduct were court employees.

The order reads:

The misconduct constituted an ongoing pattern of conduct which was egregious, and criminally victimized and harmed members of the judge’s own staff. It took place at the courthouse while Respondent and victims were working in their official capacities. The misconduct inflicted severe and lasting harm and betrayed the trust of the victims who were directly subordinate to Respondent. Respondent exploited his judicial office to satisfy his personal desires and grievously damaged the public’s respect for the judiciary.

The order continues:

Based upon the above stipulation and agreement, the Commission on Judicial Conduct hereby orders Respondent Scott Gallina, Censured for violating Canon 1, Rules 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3, and Canon 2, Rule 2.3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Respondent shall fulfill the terms of the agreement as set forth above.

The Judge earned a law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1990.

The Judge’s Courtroom is located at 1116 West Broadway Avenue Spokane, WA 99260. His bio can be found at https://trellis.law/judge/scott.d.gallina 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.