Anyway, I still want to lay out a brief overview of how Righteous Rick harms the community from his heavenly perch on the bench.
Let's start with Hypothetical Hal. He got caught shoplifting a six-pack of beer and some Slim Jims, total retail value around $20. Hal winds up going before a judge - and unfortunately for him, it's Poorhouse Porter. Hal gets a choice: He can either spend three days in jail or pay a fine. Of course, Hal is homeless, and penniless, so he can't pay the fine. So he spends three days in jail.
Because the Safeway where Hal got arrested is in Port Angeles, the City is on the spot for those jail costs. So Hal will cost the City of Port Angeles a couple hundred bucks in jail costs alone.
Let's say that after Hal gets out, Righteous Rick has ordered him to appear in court again, either as a follow-up to this charge, or to address something else that turned up on Hal's record. (Let's face it, marginal people like Hal often have debts, warrants, etc. following them around.) Hal gets told that if he doesn't appear, he'll be liable for a $250 fine.
Hal, for whatever reason, doesn't appear. Poorhouse Porter signs a pay-or-appear warrant for Hal, who gets picked up by the police on a Friday night. So he spends the weekend in jail. Again, this costs the City of Port Angeles hundreds of dollars, which they have to pay.
All because Hal stole around $20 worth of groceries.
Mind you, Rick Porter gets to put those (often totally uncollectable) fines down as "revenue" in his ledger, while the City absolutely has to put those costs down as that - costs. Expenses. A financial negative. Red ink.
Repeat this little circuit hundreds of times a year, and you see why the legal costs for the City are skyrocketing by hundreds of thousands of dollars - all of which YOU have to pay for. Though he seems to be disliked by his fellow judges, at least two of the three County Commissioners are tight with him. (I don't think Doherty is particularly fond of him, but I don't know for sure.)
These skyrocketing expenses have other consequences, too. The City, understandably, wants to keep legal costs down. So they decide (as they have) to prosecute fewer and fewer real criminal cases, which means real, harm-causing criminals (burglars, drug dealers, etc.) get off free and clear. This erodes trust in the system in citizens, fear of the system in criminals, and further erodes the questionable "quality of life" here.
Put all that together with the fact (and it is a fact) that the County is refusing to prosecute a great many serious criminal cases as well, and you can see how things get sketchy and scary very quickly.
And so much of it can be chalked up to the fact that Righteous Rick thinks god has called him to be one of his personal enforcers here on Earth.
Spooky, isn't it?