A Washington State Supreme Court justice has agreed to step down from a case in which he toured the state’s sex-predator treatment center while the high court considered an appeal by some of its 170 residents.
Justice Richard Sanders has agreed to Snohomish County’s demand not participate in the case, which involves the appeal of six sex predators in the facility on McNeil Island in Puget Sound. still, the judge told the Associted Press that, “I don’t think I stepped over any line.”
Sanders, a libertarian from Bellevue, attended an an anti-abortion rally at the Capitol in 1996, one hour after he was sworn in at the court.
The state Commission on Judicial Conduct reprimanded him. He was later exonerated in an appeal.