Anti-Trump 9th Circuit Judge Resigns After Multiple Women Accuse Him of Sexual Misconduct
As previously reported, the ‘powerful,’ Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit was accused of sexual harassment by at least 15 women.
The most damning report came from WaPo detailing the 6 female clerks who endured the worst abuse.
Kozinski announced Monday he will be stepping down from his seat.
Washington Post reported:
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.[…]
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.
On Monday, Kozinski announced he will be stepping down.
Fox News reported:
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.
Kozinski said while speaking in a “candid way” with law clerks, “I may not have been mindful enough of the special challenges and pressures that women face in the workplace,” the statement said. “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 9th Circuit Court of left-wing cranks ruled against Trump’s travel ban. Good riddance!
“9th Circuit rules against Trump. Order blocking the #MuslimBan remains in place,” tweeted the Southern Poverty Law Center in February.
Kozinski’s retirement leaves five seats open on the 9th Circuit, with two more judges already having announced their intention to retire next year. That gives President Donald Trump potentially seven seats to fill on the largest and most liberal appeals court in the country, Fox News reported.
Even if Trump fills all the vacancies, the Dems still hold the majority over conservatives with 17 of the 29 seats.