Another day, another government official is accused of sexual harassment. Next up is the ‘powerful,’ Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. It appears that the Judge likes sharing his collection of pornography with his clerks. SICK!
On Friday, the 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.
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.
If the question was about photoshopping, Bond said, she would focus on minor details of the image. If Kozinski asked whether the images aroused her, Bond said, she would respond: “No, this kind of stuff doesn’t do anything for me. Is there anything else you need?” She said she recalled three instances when the judge showed her porn in his office.
Flashback to 2008 when Judge Kozinski went through an ethics investigation for his obsession with porn:
In 2008, The Los Angeles Times revealed Kozinski “maintained a publicly accessible website featuring sexually explicit photos and videos. Kozinski had collected a “vast” number of images sent to him via e-mail over many years and retained them on a personal web server in his home. Only a “small fraction” of the images were offensive.
Kozinski believed that only invited friends and family were able to view the image directory. Nonetheless, he called for an ethics investigation of himself. In July 2009, a panel, headed by Judge Anthony Scirica, wrote that Kozinski should have administered his web server more carefully but that Kozinski’s apology and deletion of the web site “properly conclude” the matter. (Source)
Had Judge Anthony Scirica known that Kozinski was sexually harassing his clerks and showing them porn I dare say he would not have accepted a mere apology.
Now this from The Daily Caller:
Another former employee of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals accused Judge Alex Kozinski of sexual harassment Saturday, after six women accused the prominent jurist of sexual misconduct Friday.
Nancy Rapoport, a University of Nevada law professor who clerked on the 9th Circuit in the mid 1980s, wrote a post on her personal blog describing a predatory encounter with judge. She believes more allegations will be levied against Kozinski.
By Rapoport’s telling, Kozinski lured her to a happy hour — possibly under false pretenses — during which time he asked her how single women in the San Francisco area find sexual partners. He later offered to “comfort” Rapoport after she revealed her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Rapoport clerked for Judge Joseph Sneed, but had occasion to work with Kozinski.
“I have told countless female law students that I would never write them a letter of recommendation for a clerkship with him, and I have told them why,” Rapoport wrote. “I didn’t want them ever to be at risk of being sexually harassed by him. I have told some of my female colleagues not to be alone with him, and for the same reason.”
A 1985 Ronald Reagan appointee, Kozinski is one of the most colorful and influential judges in the federal courts. His clerks often go on to clerkships at the Supreme Court, and his dissents have prompted Supreme Court review at least three times in recent years.
Six women accused the judge of sexual harassment, according to The Washington Post Friday. Two of the accusers spoke on the record, while the other four requested anonymity due to fear of adverse recriminations.
For his part, Kozinski says he has never intentionally behaved in an untoward way, and expressed regret that several female subordinates complained about his conduct — but he also told the Los Angeles Times that he is not worried by the allegations.
“If this is all they are able to dredge up after 35 years, I am not too worried,” he said.
“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,” Bond told the Washington Post.
From The Gateway Pundit:
Another 9th Circuit clerk told the paper that during a dinner with Kozinski in “either late 2011 or early 2012,” the Judge “kind of picked the tablecloth up so that he could see the bottom half of me, my legs.”
Judge Kozinski explained the move saying, “I wanted to see if you were wearing pants because it’s cold out.”
“It made me uncomfortable, and it didn’t seem appropriate,” said the former 9th Circuit clerk. In February, the 9th Circuit ruled against President Trump’s travel ban.
“9th Circuit rules against Trump. Order blocking the #MuslimBan remains in place,” tweeted the Southern Poverty Law Center.
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) February 9, 2017
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce the travel ban by residents from six radical regimes and failed states.
The travel ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. And officials from North Korea and Venezuela.