YOLO COUNTY JUDICIAL CANDIDATE CHARGED WITH CAMPAIGN MISCONDUCT
San Francisco, Feb. 14, 2013 – The State Bar of California has filed disciplinary charges against a Yolo County attorney for allegedly failing to comply with ethical rules while seeking judicial office. Clinton E. Parish [Bar #211982], 41, is accused of making misrepresentations about himself and his opponent in the May 2012 election for Yolo County Superior Court.
Parish’s campaign materials falsely asserted, among other things, that his opponent was “involved in a sordid case of corporate fraud that involved payment of bribes in Russia.” Parish’s campaign website erroneously claimed that he had been endorsed by the Winters Police Department and his yard signs gave the false impression that he had judicial experience.
Canon 5B(2) of the Code of Judicial Ethics adopted by the Supreme Court in 1995 states: “A candidate for election or appointment to judicial office shall not…knowingly, or with reckless disregard for the truth, misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position or any other fact concerning the candidate or his or her opponent.” Failure to comply with Canon 5 is a disciplinary offense under rule 1-700(A) of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Parish was admitted to the State Bar in 2000 and has no public record of discipline.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Trial Counsel Robert A. Henderson.
The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. By February 2013, membership reached 242,000.