Ex-nation lawyer popular accused of violating ethics policies in Bellingham rape case

A Whatcom County prosecutor this week accused former Washington nation Attorney General Rob McKenna of “blatantly” violating legal professional ethics for statements McKenna made to a nearby radio station approximately his client in a rape case.

This month prosecutors charged Tyler Eugene Ryan, 36, a govt director of financial offerings at Multop Financial, with raping a teenage babysitter in 2015. She made a report in recent weeks, wherein she alleged Ryan made undesirable advances on a fall night time at his house in Bellingham. The girl told police she froze, then tried to scream, but he overpowered her, included her mouth and raped her.

She became 13.

According to the lady’s record, when Ryan dropped her off at her residence, he warned her: “If you inform every person about this you’ll regret it.” She did now not babysit for him again.

Police booked Ryan into jail remaining week on suspicion of 2d-degree rape and intimidating a witness, a felony. He pleaded not responsible Friday.

In the intervening time one in every of Ryan’s attorneys, McKenna, instructed nearby radio station KGMI he’s confident Ryan may be vindicated, in part due to the fact he passed a polygraph test, and due to how a good deal time handed earlier than the document became made, in keeping with the station’s on-line story at the arrest.

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A deputy prosecutor, Eric Richey, countered in a courtroom motion that McKenna unnoticed the fact Ryan failed a polygraph check on the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, and the check Ryan surpassed were paid for through his protection.

As a widespread rule, polygraph test effects aren’t admissible in a courtroom in Washington country. “Lie detectors” were widely criticized as misguided. The country’s Rules of Professional Conduct coach legal professionals not to publicize details about evidence that is probably inadmissible at trial.

“As the former Washington State Attorney General, Mr. McKenna ought to know higher than to make extrajudicial statements to KGMI in violation of RPC three.6,” Richey wrote in his motion. “The entire media stunt turned into designed to prejudice the kingdom’s case in opposition to the defendant and probably shake the sufferer’s self-assurance.”

McKenna, a Republican, was elected lawyer standard in 2004. He lost a race for governor against Jay Inslee in 2012. McKenna hasn’t held public office considering the fact that. He did now not respond to a request for remark this week.

 

The defense legal professional of the file, David Allen, advised the prosecutor that McKenna isn’t on the criminal case, however, Ryan is McKenna’s customer, in order that they’re “running carefully together on this,” according to Richey’s movement. The prosecutor requested a decision to restrict McKenna and Allen from spreading exposure that could possibly prejudice a jury, or he would just are trying to find a trade of venue.

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