“Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell ya, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon…” George Costanza
Saw this story on my Facebook feed today. It’s from two weeks ago, but I didn’t know there were two judges that had done this (two that we currently know about–I doubt these cases are isolated). I only knew about Steiner, who ordered Karen Rozier to turn in her guns and not “threaten” opposing attorneys. Here’s the story about the judges and their sexy times:
“Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner was censured by the state Commission on Judicial Performance for engaging in sexual activity in his chambers on multiple occasions with women. The commission called it “the height of irresponsible and improper” behavior.
“It reflects an utter disrespect for the dignity and decorum of the court, and is seriously at odds with a judge’s duty to avoid conduct that tarnishes the esteem of the judicial office in the public’s eye,” the commission said in a written order.
The commission said Steiner also wrote a letter of recommendation for one of the women to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and called there to express irritation when she was not hired…
The commission also censured Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward, who it said carried on an intimate affair with his court clerk from July of 2012 until May of last year, engaging in sexual activity with her in his chambers and in public places.
The commission said Woodward passed notes of a sexual nature to the clerk during court proceedings and lied about the relationship when confronted by his presiding judges in a bid to block her transfer.”
Certainly gives new meaning to the question of whether or not judges are “in on it,” yes?
Oh, but don’t worry, good citizens! Rest assured that both judges fully cooperated with the investigations and are vewy, vewy sowwy about their no-nos–it’s the Costanza defense, like in the YouTube clip above. So they won’t have sex in their chambers anymore—great. Now if we could just get them to follow the law, that’d be swell.