(Salem Statesman-Journal) Attention has been focused like a laser in recent days on Marion County Circuit Judge Vance Day following revelations that an investigation has been launched into his judicial conduct over refusing to perform same-sex marriages.
Initial reports about the investigation by the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability snowballed into mentions of Adolf Hitler, Navy SEAL Team Six, firearms, constitutional freedoms and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Day is mounting a legal defense, contending that Oregon's rules of conduct for judges are so vague that they violate his First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and speech.
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"I don't believe that by taking the oath as a judge, that I somehow set aside my First Amendment civil liberties and that as a judge I'm a lesser species of protection," he said Thursday in a telephone interview.