Judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals are extremely powerful. However, not even their status can spare them from dirty deeds of the past.
One anti-Trump judge of the court has been accused of sexual misconduct by many different women, and is now stepping down.
Alex Kozinski’s former clerk claims that the chief judge would summon her into his office to show her pornographic images and videos on his computer. She said that he would then inquire as to whether she was sexually aroused by it.
She claims that she would respond with something like, “No, this kind of stuff doesn’t do anything for me. Is there anything else you need?”
She added that he would also ask if she thought the pornography was photoshopped and she said that she would focus on “minor details” to comments on.
Washington Post reports:
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.
Kozinski is expected to step down, effective immediately.
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.
The Washington Post reported last week that the allegations — including inappropriate touching and lewd comments — made against Kozinski go back decades.
Leah Litman, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, told the Post that the judge talked about having just had sex and pinched her side and leg at a restaurant the night before they appeared together on a panel at her school in July.
Kozinski said, “I may not have been mindful enough of the special challenges and pressures that women face in the workplace,” he added, “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.”
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