King County Bar Supports Recusal Rule

The King County Bar Association, at the request of its Appellate Law Section, called upon the Washington Supreme Court to adopt a proposed rule change currently pending for adoption that would require a judge to recuse upon motion by a party showing that an adverse party has provided financial support to the judge's judicial campaigns, based on formula related to the contribution limits established by RCW 42.17.  See KCBA's letter here

Others have weighed in on the proposed rule, including the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School--see its letter here

The proposal is to amend Rule 2.11 of the Code of Judicial Conduct to provide, in part, as follows:

(A) A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in any proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned, including but not limited to the following circumstances:
(4) The judge learns by means of a timely motion by a party that an adverse party has provided financial support for any of the judge's judicial election campaigns within the last six years in an amount in excess of 10 times the dollar amount of the campaign contribution limit established by RCW 42.17.