Hon. Richard D. Eadie See Rating Details
Superior Court
King County
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* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

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What others have said about Hon. Richard D. Eadie


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA1277
I had a great first impression of the judge at my pretrial though it didn't turn out for my good as well as the good of my children. I appreciated the Judge's humble and professional dispensing of matters. However, my expectation of a pretrial (from my reading on the web) was different.


Comment #: WA1228
In family law, it's like the 1950s again, eg: anti-divorce, tender years doctrine, gender roles, ignores professional analysis and testimony, and all around outdated. Blatantly unconstitutional elements of his judgement were reversed on appeal, which speaks to his understanding/application of the law. Agreed to comment on WA #188. May have a white knight complex.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA1186
Eadie is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He pretends to be good, but he is 100% pro-prosecution and even will exactly quote prosecution's evidence less words to issue his decision. Somebody impeach him please.


Comment #: WA651
This judge failed to admit key testimony, and pronounced an excessively harsh sentence, in spite of massive community support for a reduced sentence. He was overly moralistic, and caved to the political whims of the prosecution.


Comment #: WA414
Eadie is terrible. He should have recused himself from a case in which we are defendants -- due to conflict of interest. Instead, he remained silent and has issued a series of illogical and unjust rulings and ruined our case -- he has ensured the jury will not hear the facts and the party he favors will win.

For more details, read our recusal motion at mhdecoursey.com, Dkt. 196, filed on 8/9/2012.

Some details:
We were involved in a lawsuit against Windermere Real Estate from 2006 through 2011. While that case was still in the Seattle courthouse, we dismissed our attorneys (Lane Powell) for improper conduct and carving up the judgment to Windermere's advantage. The law firm sued us and the case was assigned to Judge Eadie. That suit has been going on now for about 11 months.

We have recently learned that Judge Eadie's wife is a Windermere Real Estate Broker. According to the Public Disclosure Commission, the Eadie family has received more than $289,000 in Windermere Commissions in the last 9 years, and possibly twice that much, given the PDC's range method of reporting income.

In all that time, with hundreds of mentions of Windermere in the pleadings and motions, Judge Eadie has not recused himself. His close affiliation with the controversial company has been a closely guarded secret. He has denied every one of our motions and granted all of our opponents', save one. He has recently dismissed all our counterclaims and defenses.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA211
I had an oral arg before Judge Eadie; an appeal of an administrative decision. He was laid back (even though opposing counsel was 25 mins late), he had read both briefs, and had a comprehensive knowledge of the record. I was impressed by his professionalism and preparedness. He decided in our favor and seemed to be interested in worker's rights.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA188
In family law, deeply religious and moralistic to the point of ignoring the law. Any hint of living in sin or otherwise not following a conservative religious lifestyle and that party is doomed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA180
Judge Eadie's decision in one matter in particular completely defied logic, law, convention. Did he owe someone a favor? There is no way decent people can defend against what Judge Eadie rules in favor of. Judge Eadie's justice must be an indication or projection of his own internal standards or values, that is the only explanation for why he rules in favor of the wrongdoers.