On Friday, September 8, 2023, NBC Right Now reported that Benton County District Court Judge Terry M. Tanner has been suspended without pay for 30 days following violations of previous criminal charges, specifically a DUI driving under the influence (DUI) charge received on January 2, 2023. The suspension was ordered by the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct due to Tanner’s failure to comply with the terms of his first DUI, which included remaining sober for five years.

According to court documents, Tanner was arrested and charged with a DUI on January 2, 2023, after a car crash. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was recorded at 0.22 and 0.23, significantly above the legal limit of 0.08 BAC. Tanner was ordered to complete a 28-day in-patient treatment program for alcoholism and was charged with a DUI on January 4, 2023.

The case was prosecuted in Yakima County due to a conflict of interest. In March of 2018, Tanner was arrested for a DUI and as part of the agreement with Yakima County Prosecutors, he was ordered to remain sober for five years post DUI. However, by driving under the influence in January of 2023, Tanner violated the terms of his first DUI. He was informed of the violation in June of 2023.

The Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct approved an order of censure for Tanner to be suspended for 30 days without pay, effective immediately. This decision was made in accordance with the Commission’s duty to protect the public and ensure that judges uphold the integrity of the judiciary.


Source: NBCRightnow