The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday took the unusual step of suspending a sitting state court judge — Vance Day of Salem — for three years. The high court found that Day — a Marion County Circuit Court judge — had committed “willful misconduct” and made “willful misstatements” to investigators to cover-up the truth.
Among Day’s misdeeds, the Supreme Court found that Day acted with prejudice against same-sex couples by deciding he wouldn’t marry them — and he instructed his staff to employ a scheme to avoid “public detection” of his plan.
Among “exceptionally serious” misconduct, the Supreme Court found that Day falsely claimed that he didn’t know a man that he supervised on probation was a felon. Day allowed that man to handle a gun twice in his presence — even though Day had told the man in court that he was forbidden from handling firearms, the court found.