Snohomish County Prosecutors Adam Cornell and Seth Fine stealing taxpayer monies and resources to promote Washington State Bar Association

The Washington State Bar Association is a private entity, WSBA Finances 2017 valued at $13,0000.00 annually.  According to a University of Washington law Professor ” use of county taxpayer funded Prosecutor’s is prohibited under Washington State’s Constitution.  The Washington State Bar Association cannot use prosecutors for business purposes at all…”

This begs one question for my taxpayer readers: Did the Washington State Legislature give Snohomish County Prosecutors an exception under Washington State’s Constitution and RCW ?



Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell has many skeletons in his closet, which obviously will come out just before the election.  County voters deserve a little surprise.

Let’s just say, Adam Cornell is not the wholesome honest Prosecutor his friend Scott North at the Everett Herald makes him out to be…



Adam Cornell has been managing two non-profit groups with from inside the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, Dawson Place and Victim Support Services in spite of Washington State laws (RCW) that prohibit a prosecutor from performing any other function outside of his official Prosecutorial Duties.

RCW 36.27.020


The prosecuting attorney shall:
(1) Be legal adviser of the legislative authority, giving it his or her written opinion when required by the legislative authority or the chairperson thereof touching any subject which the legislative authority may be called or required to act upon relating to the management of county affairs;
(2) Be legal adviser to all county and precinct officers and school directors in all matters relating to their official business, and when required draw up all instruments of an official nature for the use of said officers;
(3) Appear for and represent the state, county, and all school districts subject to the supervisory control and direction of the attorney general in all criminal and civil proceedings in which the state or the county or any school district in the county may be a party;
(4) Prosecute all criminal and civil actions in which the state or the county may be a party, defend all suits brought against the state or the county, and prosecute actions upon forfeited recognizances and bonds and actions for the recovery of debts, fines, penalties, and forfeitures accruing to the state or the county;
(5) Attend and appear before and give advice to the grand jury when cases are presented to it for consideration and draw all indictments when required by the grand jury;
(6) Institute and prosecute proceedings before magistrates for the arrest of persons charged with or reasonably suspected of felonies when the prosecuting attorney has information that any such offense has been committed and the prosecuting attorney shall for that purpose attend when required by them if the prosecuting attorney is not then in attendance upon the superior court;
(7) Carefully tax all cost bills in criminal cases and take care that no useless witness fees are taxed as part of the costs and that the officers authorized to execute process tax no other or greater fees than the fees allowed by law;
(8) Receive all cost bills in criminal cases before district judges at the trial of which the prosecuting attorney was not present, before they are lodged with the legislative authority for payment, whereupon the prosecuting attorney may retax the same and the prosecuting attorney must do so if the legislative authority deems any bill exorbitant or improperly taxed;
(9) Present all violations of the election laws which may come to the prosecuting attorney’s knowledge to the special consideration of the proper jury;
(10) Examine once in each year the official bonds of all county and precinct officers and report to the legislative authority any defect in the bonds of any such officer;
(11) Seek to reform and improve the administration of criminal justice and stimulate efforts to remedy inadequacies or injustice in substantive or procedural law;
(12) Participate in the statewide sexual assault kit tracking system established in RCW 43.43.545 for the purpose of tracking the status of all sexual assault kits connected to criminal investigations and prosecutions within the county. Prosecuting attorneys shall begin full participation in the system according to the implementation schedule established by the Washington state patrol.

Now, I have read through the above RCW’s as it relates to ” Prosecutor’s Duties” and I cannot find anywhere inside the RCW that gives Snohomish County Prosecutor the legal right to work for non-profits nor the Washington State Bar Association while being paid with taxpayers monies.
Having ample reason to believe that two Snohomish County Prosecutors, Seth Fine and Adam Cornell were also working for the Washington State Bar Association, while at the same time being paid by Snohomish County taxpayers, I requested copies of his email communication pursuant to RCW 42.56.
What I discovered was Snohomish County Prosecutors Seth Fine and Adam Cornell are misappropriating taxpayer monies teaching classes for the Washington State Bar Association while being paid by county taxpayers.

Email sent from as follows: 
Cornell, Adam; SPA-Criminal DPAs <>; SPA-Civil DPAs <>; SPA-Family Support DPAs <>; Rudolf, Peter <>; Lucas, Michelle <>; Strand-Polyak, Adam <>; Berman-Lovell, Elizabeth <>; Barber, Sarah <>; Jacobs, Kristine <>;; Sotha Lor (; Bennett, Blair <>; Parekh, Nikita <>; Lieske, Jenna <>; Squier, Tom <>; Ritchie, Stephen <>; ‘Charles Blackman’ <>; Barber, Sarah <>; Nelson, Michael <>;; Lowery, McKenzie <>; Winter, Manuela <>; Tri, Brittany <>



Here’s what’s on for this Friday:  Juvenile Court Basics (Presented by DPAs Leanne Foster and Tim Geraghty / 1 live credit /  3:00pm in the Hearing Examiner’s Room

 On deck for 9/16/16:  Impeaching Defense Experts with Defendants’ Statements (Presented by DPA Seth Fine)  / 1 live credit / 3pm in the Hearing Examiner’s Room

 See you then,



Adam W. Cornell

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

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What is interesting to note here is that Snohomish County Prosecutor Seth Fine, Adam Cornell and countless other Snohomish County Prosecutors are attending CLE classes, while being paid with our county tax monies, and a Washignton Stata Bar Association legal education class is being taught by Snohomish County Prosecutor Seth Fine, during county hours, promoting the private Washington State Bar function musing our public funds.


If this isn’t bad enough, Snohomish County Prosecutor Seth Fine is also being paid as a hearing officer for the Washington State Bar and at the same time, Snohomish County taxpayers are writing him a check to perform private Washington State Bar Association hearing officer functions for the Washington State Bar.

Snohomish County Prosecutor Seth Fine is misusing county offices to hold private continuing legal education classes for the Washington State Bar and working as hearing officer for the Washington State Bar Association.


Fine WSBA work


Fine WSBA work 2


Fine WSBA work 3

April 10, 2015

Appeals in Washington: Judges and Lawyers in Conversation

9:00 a.m.  –  4:30 p.m.
Location: Sullivan Hall, Room C5

4.5 General and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits, pending
A View From the Bench
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Washington State Supreme Court
My First Term: What I’ve Learned, What Surprised Me, & Tips
Justice Charlie Wiggins, Washington State Supreme Court, in conversation with:
Chief Judge Laurel Siddoway, Division 3;
Judge Brad Maxa, Division 2; Judge Michael Trickey, Division 1
Technology on Appeal
Rich Johnson, Division I Clerk of the Court, in conversation with:
Melissa White; Robert Taylor; Ken Masters, Seminar Co-chair
Appellate Briefs
Chief Judge Laurel Siddoway, Division 3, in conversation with:
Howard Goodfriend; Sidney Tribe; Eric Broman; Janet Dickson; Seth Fine, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Appellate Unit
Oral Argument
Acting Chief Judge Jim Verellen, Division I, in conversation with:
Catherine Smith; Alan Copsey, Solicitor General’s Office; Jim Whisman, Director of King County Prosecutor’s Appellate Unit; Lila Silverstein, Washington Appellate Project
WSBA Chief Disciplinary Counsel Douglas Ende in conversation with:
Chief Judge Michael S. Spearman, Division 1; Phil Talmadge; Averil Rothrock; Shelby Lemmel, Seminar Co-Chair
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