Monday, December 4, 2006

Judge Reprimanded for Telling Defendants of Rights Only in Writing

The Commission on Judicial Conduct has reprimanded municipal judge James Helbling for informing unrepresented criminal defendants of their rights in a written form rather than explaining the rights orally or confirming orally that the defendants understood the form. Bonney Lake judge rebuked, News Tribune, Dec. 4, 2006.

The Stipulation, Agreement and Order of Reprimand is here.

Thanks: Lisa Kremer.

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