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Posted on Nov 6, 2014

Prosecutor faces disciplinary hearing

SEATTLE — A longstanding state bar complaint against Grant County Prosecutor D. Angus Lee is set for a three-day hearing in January.

Lee was charged in 2012 by the Washington State Bar Association disciplinary board with violating conflict of interest rules by attempting to force a political rival in his office to take on cases that should have been assigned elsewhere.

An Oct. 13 scheduling order sets the matter to be heard in Seattle Jan. 20-22 by a bar association hearing officer, Spokane attorney Terence M. Ryan.

Lee is accused of fomenting conflicts of interest in 2009 by ordering then-deputy prosecutor Albert Lin to handle false reporting and perjury cases involving another employee in the prosecutor’s office, as well as a hit-and-run case involving Grant County District Court Judge Richard Fitterer. Lin argued that those cases should have been managed by the state Attorney General.

Lin had opposed Lee’s 2009 appointment to chief prosecutor, and ran against him for the office that year.

He was fired that December and is now suing Grant County for wrongful termination, with a hearing in Chelan County Superior Court set for March.

Most disciplinary complaints against Washington lawyers are dismissed before reaching the hearing stage. A finding against Lee could lead to action against his law license and possibly his removal from office.

At this time, Lee is losing to attorney Garth Dano in the race for county prosecutor. It appears Lee will be leaving office in January.

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