Appeals Court Say Rohrer Violated Bail Rules

Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer violated statewide court criminal rules by setting $1,000 bail for a felony harassment charge against an indigent defendant in 2016 instead of considering other options.

That ruling September 25 from the state Court of Appeals that they say has broad implications for bail-setting procedures statewide.  The county did not appeal the ruling by the Oct 26 deadline.

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The appeals court is remanding back to Clallam County the case of Andrew James Huckins of Port Angeles,

Rohrer is running for Port Angeles-West End-area District Court 2 judge against Forks lawyer John Black in the Nov. 6 general election.

In an email to the PD, Rohrer wrote “In retrospect, I probably should have more clearly connected, on the record, (1) the defendant’s recent domestic violence assault conviction, (2) the current allegations of threatening to stab his roommate over a relatively trivial issue, (3) his comments about blacking out, being “in the black” and not remembering that day’s events, and (4) his statement that he got so mad that he could not remember anything, with my decision to impose monetary bail,”.