Judge Alex Kozinski admonished for posting sexually explicit material
Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, was admonished by a panel of his colleagues, in a report made public today, for posting sexually explicit material on a publicly accessible Internet server.
“We find that the judge’s possession of sexually explicit offensive material combined with his carelessness in failing to safeguard his sphere of privacy was judicially imprudent,” said the report by Anthony J. Scirica.
The panel, headed by Scirica, found that Kozinski allowed such material to remain on the Internet, even after discovering that it could be accessed by the public.
The panel admonished Kozinski for “exhibiting poor judgment ... [that] created a public controversy that can reasonably be seen as having resulted in embarrassment to the federal judiciary.”
Because Kozinski offered an apology and took “corrective action,” the judges ruled that the disciplinary proceeding should end with an admonishment.
The Los Angeles Times reported on the existence of the site last year while Kozinski was presiding over a federal obscenity trial. He declared a mistrial in the wake of the public controversy that ensued.
-- Scott Glover
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