Kirsters Baish| It wasn’t long ago that an openly anti-Trump judge from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was accused by numerous women of sexual harassment.
The Washington Post reported that a former clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski came forward to allege that the jurist called her into his office on multiple occasions in order to show her pornography on his computer. He proceeded to ask her is she felt that the pornography was photoshopped and then asked her if it aroused her sexually. The judge, served for many years as chief judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
The accuser, Heidi Bond, had clerked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007. She explained that the porn was not related to any case the office was working on. She recalled that one set of pornographic images showed college-age students at a party where “some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed.” She stated that other porn Kozinski showed her was more of a digital flip book which let users mix and match heads and bodies to create images of naked women.
Bond is not the only woman to accuse Kozinski of such acts. Five other women have come forward, all of which are former clerks or externs in the 9th Circuit. They all claimed that Kozinski, who is now 67 years old, subjected them to multiple cases of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments. Bond is one of two former clerks who claimed that Kozinski requested that they view porn with him in his chambers.
Bond explained that if Kozinski’s question was about photoshopping, she would focus on small details of the images he showed her. If he asked if she was aroused by the images, she explained that she would respond “No, this kind of stuff doesn’t do anything for me. Is there anything else you need?” She stated that the judge showed her porn three different times in his chambers.
It has been reported that Kozinski 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.”
A law professor at the University of California, Irvine, Leah Litman, explained to the Washington Post that Judge Kozinski spoke to her about having sex and pinched her side and leg while at a restaurant the night prior to appearing together on a panel at her school in July.
Why am I not surprised that another Leftist is under fire for sexual harassment? These stories just keep on coming, and to be honest, nothing surprises me anymore. While Kozinski did the right thing and stepped down, we are left wondering if his actions implied that he was indeed guilty.