Oregon judge faces ethics complaints over 2014 lawsuit

BEND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge is facing ethics complaints claiming she was the friend of a defendant in a lawsuit she overturned.

The Bend Bulletin reported Tuesday that two complaints accuse Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge Beth Bagley of failing to disclose a personal relationship with a defendant and recuse herself from a 2014 suit.

Niklas Goertzen has filed separate complaints with the U.S. District Court in Eugene and the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability.

Bagley dismissed Goertzen’s suit against several parents for what he says was wrongful interference in his contract as a girls’ soccer coach at a high school 154 miles (about 248 km) southeast of Portland.

He was dismissed from the position in 2012.

Bagley’s attorney declined to comment.