Oregon judge suspended — but not because he used a screening process to avoid conducting same-sex marriages

The Oregon Supreme Court held that a judge had committed willful misconduct by having his staff screen marriage requests to ensure that he did not marry same-sex couples, but the Court declined to consider the judge’s constitutional challenge because a decision on that issue would not affect its conclusion that the judge should be suspended for 3 years without pay for (1) having out-of-court contacts with a probationer in the veterans treatment court; permitting the probationer to twice handle a gun despite the firearms prohibition that was a probation condition; and making a false statement to the presiding judge about the gun-handling incidents; and (2) making a false statement to the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability during its investigation of the judge’s conduct at a soccer game.  Inquiry Concerning Day, Opinion (Oregon Supreme Court March 15, 2018).

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