An anti-Trump judge from the powerful 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has resigned suddenly. His resignation follows the exposure of a “dark secret” from his past which the judge tried ardently to keep hidden but failed.
Judge Alex Kozinski, the powerful and well-known jurist who sits on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, is being accused by more than one dozen women of inappropriate sexual conduct.
A former clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski said the powerful and well-known jurist, who for many years served as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, called her into his office several times and pulled up pornography on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually.
Heidi Bond, who clerked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said the porn was not related to any case. One set of images she remembered was of college-age students at a party where “some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed.” Another was a sort of digital flip book that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to create an image of a naked woman.
Bond is one of six women — all former clerks or externs in the 9th Circuit — who alleged to The Washington Post in recent weeks that Kozinski, now 67 and still serving as a judge on the court, subjected them to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments. She is one of two former clerks who said Kozinski asked them to view porn in his chambers. [Source: The Washington Post]
On Monday, Kozinski decided to step down instead of fighting the allegations against him, saying that such a battle “would not be good for the judiciary.” However, one wonders how forcing staffers to view pornography in his private chambers was “good for the judiciary” to begin with.
“I may not have been mindful enough of the special challenges and pressures that women face in the workplace,” said a statement from Kozinski. “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.”
Days after at least 15 women alleged they were subjected to his inappropriate sexual conduct or comments, a prominent U.S. appeals court judge announced his retirement Monday. Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a statement that a battle over the accusations would not be good for the judiciary. He said he’ll step down, effective immediately. [Source: Fox News]
Kozinski’s sudden resignation suggests that he is, indeed, guilty of what his female accusers say he did. If he were innocent, one can assume that he would try to defend his character and his career by staunchly denying the allegations and refusing to step down from his post.
Perhaps, at the ripe age of 67, Kozinski feels he has done enough damage and kept his lurid past a secret for long enough. His pathetic excuse for an apology, saying he “may not have been mindful enough of the special challenges and pressures that women face in the workplace,” is maddening, though.
As if it weren’t bad enough that he harassed his female subordinates, he is now patronizing them by suggesting that they face some sort of “special challenges and pressures” just because they expect not to be touched inappropriately or called into his office to view nasty adult films.
This guy has all the makings of a Bill Clinton, and Lord knows, we don’t need any more of those. His resignation is welcome news. Another liberal bites the dust over sexual misconduct! Who’s next?