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Judge Morgan in the lion’s den

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on July 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm with 6 Comments »
July 16, 2009 2:21 pm

Give him credit: Judge Michael Morgan of Federal Way stopped by here for an endorsement interview Wednesday despite a year and a half of receiving less-than-flattering coverage in The News Tribune (and criticism from this page).


Facing five challengers in the Aug. 18 primary, Morgan offered a vigorous defense of his first term in the city’s municipal court.


He created some of his own troubles with intemperate dealings with court staff and other city employees. He was reprimanded on one occasion by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, and he wound up in a long-running battle with this newspapers over a report on his court he didn’t want released. But – as he pointed out – no one’s been questioning his performance in the courtroom.


Being under fire for so long, he said, resulted in "the worst year and a half of my life."



"I’ll admit I’m a micromanager," he said of his tendency to dictate details of court management.


Just before the state Supreme Court ordered the release of the Stephson report, he had a bad feeling he’d wind up on the losing end: "The Number One reason: It’s hard for a judge to rule in favor of another judge. Number two: All the luck I’ve had lately is bad."


It was a good conversation. As we said to him, it’s too bad we couldn’t have had it a year and a half ago, when the fight over the Stephson report began.

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  1. notsurprised says:

    I find it amazing That Morgan still seems to think this will all just go away with time, he still hasnt come right out and taken full responsibility for his own actions. Mr. Morgan Really shouldnt be asking for endorsements, he should be apoligizing to Federal Ways Residents for Costing them so much money in legal bills aswell as for the Filth and Chaos that were revealed in the stephson report.. Let us not forget he was the main focus of the stephson report, Its not like this stuff never happened and its all behind him Like he may seem to think, there is still more seriuos problems with our Court regarding his latest antics , and that process is still ongoing…..He really should just step down and move on..That would give our City a chance to Fix the Problems and start over. I think Morgan needs to look elsewhere to deal with his personal issues, Not in the Newspapers.. I beleive The Public has seen enough of him..

  2. davidkoenig says:

    Just before the state Supreme Court ordered the release of the Stephson report, he had a bad feeling he’d wind up on the losing end: "The Number One reason: It’s hard for a judge to rule in favor of another judge. Number two: All the luck I’ve had lately is bad."

    Hard for a judge to rule in favor of another judge? It does not occur to Michael Morgan that both the trial court and the Supreme Court have ruled against him on the basis of issues? He does not consider that the Supreme court places a significant emphasis on the public’s right of access to public records? All along, I assumed that he was stalling to avoid public disclosure of an adverse finding in the report before the election. Now it appears that he actually thought that he was going to win this case on the merits.

  3. logicmonster says:

    “The Number One reason: It’s hard for a judge to rule in favor of another judge. Number two: All the luck I’ve had lately is bad.”

    Isn’t it odd that Judge Morgan considers the loss in very personal terms – The loss was all about him and not about the law. He didn’t demonstrate fidelity to the law by citing legal errors or differences in legal doctrine with the court, instead he viewed the loss as a personal affront.

    Kinda scary, huh?

  4. rocketcop says:

    Very scary.

    He’s totally missed the point thinking the chaos is ‘luck’ and he’s not acknowledging any wrongdoings at all including all the filth in the Stephson report that he didn’t want the public to see.

    He should round up his cronies and move on and allow the clerks he’s tormented since day one to keep their jobs.

  5. pgriffith says:

    And the public should put trust in him again? I don’t think so. He’s tormented the staff at the court since day one; in his quest to be KING of Federal Way, he damned Colleen Hartl when she did the right thing by resigning when she made a mistake; he’s cost the city taxpayers a whole lot of money and the city is being sued again for terminating an employee that did the right thing by reporting his idiotic threats of harm. How many lives has he pushed aside in his quest to be KING? It’s time the citizens of Federal Way demand a professional, role model, since the position pays a the judge to be ethical.

  6. notsurprised says:

    Ya , Morgan seems to be completely out of touch with reality, and Larsen his counterpart Is fully entrenched in this disfunctional Court aswell. It looks like change is coming one way or another, but the Cost Morgan has endured on the City is really somewhat ridiculous… Mrs Robertson looks like a Good Choice, but Im waiting to see what the others running have to say. It will be nice to get this whole mess behind us thats for sure..

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