One of America’s most prominent judges has been forced to retire. Judge Alex Kozinski released a statement;
“I cannot be an effective judge and simultaneously fight this battle. Nor would such a battle be good for my beloved federal judiciary. And so, I making the decision to retire effective immediately.”
The reasons for the judges hast retirement is that since early December, 15 women have come forward to accuse the man of sexual misconduct. During the first part of December, six former clerks and court employees went public with their accusations. In the days following, nine other accusers followed.
Glad to see another open secret in print. In law school, everyone knew, and women didn't apply to clerk for Judge Kosinski despite his prestige and connections to the Supreme Court. I always felt the men who took their places were traitors. https://t.co/FhNQpZQ736
— Alexandra Brodsky (@azbrodsky) December 8, 2017
In his statement, Kozinski apologized to the women but at the same time seemed to blame his sense of humor;
“It grieves me to learn that I caused any of my clerks to feel uncomfortable; this was never my intent. For this, I sincerely apologize.”
The allegations against the judge are not just involving a possibly misconstrued sense of humor though. There are claims that he showed female employees pornography, talked frequently about intercourse, proposed liaisons to coworkers, and even groped women in both social and professional settings.
Judge Alex Kozinski, from the infamous 9th Circuit, has resigned due to sexual misconduct allegations. pic.twitter.com/VeQ4jgtgMo
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 18, 2017
Heidi Bond is one of the women who has accused Judge Kozinski. She worked for him from 2006 to 2007 and said the judge would often call her into his office to view pornography on his computer. Bond says she recalls three instances where the judge did this;
“I was in a state of emotional shock, and what I really wanted to do was be as small as possible and make as few movements as possible and to say as little as possible to get out,”
Following the accusations becoming public, many of Kozinski’s current employees resigned.
The court’s Chief Judge Sidney Thomas announced that the 9th Circuit’s judiciary council would investigate. The inquiry was then referred to the 2nd Circuit disciplinary panel, a majority-female group.
Source: The Daily Caller