Embattled Clark County District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman plans to let an investigation into his conduct run its course, a local attorney said Friday.
“It is surprising to me that we afford due process to all litigants before the court but that we wouldn’t allow that process to work for judges,” attorney Josephine Townsend said on behalf of the judge.
District Court reassigned his caseload, Superior Court stripped his authority to perform any functions of that court, prosecutors sought his removal from all of their criminal cases, and attorneys, activists and elected officials called for him to resign.
Zimmerman reported his statements, which were inadvertently captured on courtroom cameras and broadcast on social media, to the Commission on Judicial Conduct last weekend. The commission has the power to investigate his comments and take action, including recommending the Washington Supreme Court remove him from his elected office.