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October 2, 2007 4:33 PM

Hague judge at least temporarily removed from case

Posted by David Postman

The Seattle Weekly is reporting:

King County District Court Presiding Judge Barbara Linde said this afternoon she has already notified pro tem judge Richard Llewelyn Jones of his removal for failing to report his own criminal background.

And credit or blame apparently can be given to Hauge's opponent, Lord of the Gadflies, Richard Pope. Pope raised questions about the pro-tem judge assigned to the case, Richard Llewelyn Jones.

In an e-mail to Linde and county officials (including Hague) earlier today, Pope raised questions about the propriety of using Jones as a fill-in judge on the DUI case.


Pope said Jones shouldn't have been allowed to preside at the hearing because the temporary judge — a Bellevue attorney — has a criminal record and is a "Republican activist."

MORE: Jeff Davis of Madison Communications, the firm doing Hague's political consultanting, writes to say:

Judge Llewelyn-Jones is not the Judge of Record for that case. He was a pro-tem judge stepping in during an absence by the actual Judge of Record, Peter Nault.

All past, and all future, hearings on this case have been/and will be heard
by Judge Peter Nault.

This pretrial conference was the only time that this pro tem judge will be
involved in this case.

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