Benton and Frankin County
Experience: Superior Court Judge, private attorney, public defender,
federal criminal justice act attorney, deputy prosecutor, judge pro
tempore for juvenile division of Benton and Franklin Counties, Benton
County District Court, and Pasco Municipal Court.
Other Professional Experience: No information submitted
Education: Graduated from Woodway High School in Edmonds,
Washington, 1985, Brigham Young University, 1989, and Brigham Young
University Law School, 1992.
Community Service: Columbia Center Rotarian, past board member of
Goodwill Industries of the Columbia; Co-creator of A.N.G.L.S Network
(non-profit organization ensuring all newborns have safe car-seats);
Numerous volunteer positions of church leadership.
Statement: After graduating from law school, Stephanie and I
moved to the Tri-Cities in 1993 to accept a position as a felony deputy
prosecutor and begin our family. Since then, we have grown to include
six children, one dog, a cat, one gecko, a horse and a llama.
I focused my legal career on the courtroom, including 24 years in our
Superior Courts as a prosecutor, public defender, and private attorney.
I tried over 170 cases in Superior Court and handled more than 3,000
felony criminal and domestic matters. I was counsel in a death penalty
case and tried several murder cases. I also have over 13 years of trial
experience in federal court as a Criminal Justice Act attorney.
I have been privileged to serve as your Superior Court Judge since
October 2017. I am committed to correct and predictable rulings, based
strictly on the implementation of the law without favor or bias, a full
and fair developed record for meaningful review, and the respectful
treatment of all in my courtroom. The importance of this position is
higher than any individual. I will always remember this and gratefully
serve with honor and integrity.
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