Inappropriate Judicial Commentary, #37

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"Nice butt."

This comment, by a male judge with reference to a female criminal defense attorney, resulted in a disciplinary ruling yesterday by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct.  The judge argued that he had only parroted a comment that the woman’s client made.  But, as the article put it, "the panel noted that the jurist not only quizzed three other male defendants on whether they agreed with the evaluation, but then mentioned it again" to the attorney, asking her "Is that so bad?"

The commission found that the remark was "an aberration" given the judge’s past record, but decided it was bad enough to warrant a public censure.

Link: New York Daily News