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Snohomish County judge censured for profanity

Added 12-01-20 09:22:02am EST - “A state judicial watchdog has censured a Snohomish County judge for behavior described as "indecorous, undignified, impatient and discourteous."” - Washingtontimes.com

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A state judicial watchdog has censured a Snohomish County judge for behavior described as “indecorous, undignified, impatient and discourteous.”

Additionally in two separate cases, Superior Court Judge Joe Wilson’s words created an appearance of bias, The Herald reported.

It’s the third year in a row Wilson has faced questions about his conduct for lobbing epithets and curse words at defendants. In two cases of profanity cited in a Commission on Judicial Conduct order, the judge was speaking to someone struggling with addiction - a struggle the judge has dealt with himself.

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“As someone who has been in their shoes, I know that soft words and politeness will not always crack the shell of denial and deflection that addicts use to protect themselves from reality,” Wilson wrote in a statement to the newspaper. “At times I was overly harsh, and I realize that my bluntness did not always serve the goals I was pursuing.”

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