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Judge Spearman recovering from heart attack

Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Theodore Spearman had a heart attack, but is recovering and is expected to return to work in a few months, according to the court’s presiding judge.

Spearman, 61, had the attack at his Bainbridge Island home Oct. 5. Details were not disclosed outside of family until an Oct. 9 notice from the court to the Kitsap Bar.

Presiding Judge M. Karlynn Haberly said Monday Spearman was resting at home and was expected to return to work in a few months. She said Spearman had no outstanding cases that needed immediate attention and his workload was being distributed among other judges.

“Out of respect for Judge Spearman’s privacy, we will not be providing the details associated with his condition, except to confirm that he has experienced a heart attack,” the notice read. “Please be assured that Judge Spearman is resting comfortably at home, and greatly appreciates the outpouring of support and well wishes that several of you have already expressed.”

Spearman was appointed by Gov. Gary Locke in 2004. He ran unopposed in the general election later that year and also was unopposed in the 2008 judicial primary and as a result will serve another term.

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