Judge Day’s ethics violation case gets first hearing

Marion County Judge Vance Day accused of numerous ethics violations

Marion County Judge Vance Day reportedly stopped performing wedding ceremonies this spring. (Facebook)
Marion County Judge Vance Day reportedly stopped performing wedding ceremonies this spring. (Facebook)

MARION CO., Ore. (KOIN) — A Marion County judge accused of numerous ethics violations appeared in court Monday morning for a public hearing.

Circuit Court Judge Vance D. Day originally made headlines in September after it was revealed he refused to perform same-sex weddings.

A spokesperson for Judge Day previously said it was within his right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. He reportedly stopped performing weddings altogether this spring.

But accusations of ethical misconduct against Judge Day go beyond his personal stance on gay marriage. He is accused of conducting himself in a manner that reflected adversely on his character, competence, temperament and fitness to serve as a judge.

Marion County Judge Vance Day reportedly stopped performing wedding ceremonies this spring. (Marion County Circuit Court)
Marion County Judge Vance Day reportedly stopped performing wedding ceremonies this spring. (Marion County Circuit Court)

According to the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, Judge Day is being investigated for violating the Oregon Code of Judicial Conduct and the Oregon Constitution on several occasions.

Despite the ongoing investigation, Judge Day maintains his innocence.

“It’s easy to come to a quick conclusion,” he previously told KOIN 6 News. “We take a 3 dimensional issue or person, we flatten them out, paste them up against the wall and throw darts at them.”

In the ethics investigation, Judge Day is accused of engaging in inappropriate contact at his son’s soccer matches and allowing a veteran with a felony conviction to handle a firearm, court documents show.

He is also accused of requiring veterans to read material that reportedly exacerbated their PTSD symptoms. Documents allege Judge Day acted unprofessionally with veterans by calling them “Raggedy A**es” and saying, “I’m the judge – I can do whatever I want.”

Judge Day’s assistant alleges he hung pictures in her work space even though she expressed that she did not want them. He also received backlash for hanging WWII memorabilia in the courthouse, including a portrait of Adolf Hitler.

“There’s nothing pro-Hitler about that framing piece,” Judge Day said. “Absolutely nothing.”

 

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