Saturday, January 8, 2011
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In early October Michael Morgan stipulated to the charges according to a PDC press release:
The PDF of the stipulation have now been removed from the PDC website and the issue has been removed from the agenda of the PDC's October 22nd meeting. It seems that Morgan has withdrawn his stipulation. As a judge Morgan was well aware that signing his name to the stipulation was an admission of guilt. If he has withdrawn his stipulation, which he is well within his rights to do, the question is why. Was it because he wanted to keep the issue from the voters? Or did he really not know what he was signing?
From the Public Disclosure Commission:
FROM: Philip E. Stutzman, Director of Compliance
DATE: October 15, 2009
SUBJECT: Michael Morgan, Case No. 10-017
Along with this memo, you are being provided documents related to the subject case. These documents include the staff Report of Investigation with Exhibits, the Notice of Administrative Charges and a signed Stipulation as to Facts, Violation and Penalty agreed to between staff and the Respondent, Michael Morgan and being presented at the October 22, 2009 meeting for the Commission’s consideration. I am also providing you with a spreadsheet of prior Commission orders concerning violations of RCW 42.17.130.
Staff recommends that the Commission accept the Stipulation in lieu of an enforcement hearing as a fair resolution of this matter. The Respondent has admitted to multiple violations of RCW 42.17.130 for using a city-owned computer to assist his 2009 campaign for City of Federal Way Municipal Court Judge. He has also agreed to the maximum penalty available to the Commission.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Linda Dalton will present the Stipulation to the Commission and will be available at the Commission meeting to answer questions. Michael Morgan, or his representative, will also be in attendance at the Commission meeting to briefly comment and answer questions.
As a matter of law withdrawing a guilty plea may perfectly acceptable and may not prejudice a judge or jury. But in the court of public opinion if you plead guilty, you're guilty. And despite any legal wrangling to the contrary, Judge Michael Morgan did stipulate to the charges against him.
Guilty is guilty, and Michael Morgan has admitted his guilt.