Allegations against judge already have been discounted
This Letter to the Editor was printed in The News Tribune (Tacoma,
Washington) on 8/18/97, authored by lawyer Larry J. Couture, partner in
Tuell & Couture, P.S. with David R. Tuell Jr., a partner before 1993
with Grant L. Anderson in their firm of Tuell, Anderson, Fisher, &
Koppe, that secretly received $125,000 in "management fees" and in various
other ways exploited the Hoffman Estate.
is in response to the allegations against Judge Grant Anderson (TNT, 8-5).
As a practicing attorney, I have an ongoing interest in a strong, independent
and ethical judiciary. However, these allegations put forward by
the Judicial Conduct Commission seem to be nothing more than some effort
to justify its existence.
First, why are they even
involved in conduct which occurred before Grant Anderson was a judge?
Surely if there was a violation of ethical conduct it occurred when Judge
Anderson was in private practice.
Second, why has it not been
mentioned that these same allegations have already been investigated by
the Washington State Bar Association disciplinary committee, the Pierce
County prosecutor's office and the Washington state attorney general's
office? Do we need a fourth organization investigating the same thing?
While the Washington state
bar does not spend tax money, the other two are using our taxes.
Now another agency of state government is spending tax money. The
other three entities found that Judge Anderson did nothing wrong.
I would expect this investigation will end in the same conclusion, but
at what cost to both Judge Anderson or to the taxpayer?
Enough is enough.
The matter should be dismissed and the issues laid to rest once and for
Larry J. Couture, Tacoma