In fact, there is a whole variety of sex crimes characterizing a variety of sexual criminal acts, from unwanted sexual touching to unwanted sexual intercourse. They are all prohibited by law.
Lawyers, and, especially lawyers who are judges are supposed to (1) know that law and (2) abide by it.
For example, in November of 2015, an attorney was automatically disbarred in New York on conviction for rape.
Moreover, sexism and unwanted sex-laden remarks can also get employers, colleagues and especially attorneys into trouble - and judges are attorneys.
For example, occupational sexism in the workplace is a vigorously litigated civil rights violation.
Moreover, lawyers even sue their own law firms for sexism, like a Virginia attorney did this month, see her complaint here.
And, in January of 2016, in California, a male attorney was sanctioned and ordered to pay deposition costs plus a $250 fine for so much as telling a female attorney that it is not "becoming" for her as a woman to raise her voice. Obviously, it would have been becoming had she been a man - like the speaker was.
And a Maryland attorney was disbarred for offering to find a "sugar daddy" for ex-girlfriend of his client in a child custody proceeding:
Immediately disbarring a sexual predator is not within #MarylandValues.
He was first suspended, for a very short time each time, twice:
As to judges and sexual misconduct, in 2012, a judge, Bryan Hedges, was taken off the bench in New York for sexual crime committed against a child before the judge even became a lawyer. I provide that case only as an example of the position that the State of New York - at least allegedly - took a position that a judge who committed a sex crime should not be on the bench, even though that crime was never prosecuted and when civil and criminal prosecution was precluded by a statute of limitations.
The real reasons behind that particular case was different, and I wrote about them here.
And, of course, recently Pennsylvania suspended Superior Court Judge J. Michael Eakin who reportedly "sent and received offensive email messages, some containing images of naked women and jokes mocking minorities, women, and others, that have "tainted the Pennsylvania judiciary in the eyes of the public," but at the same time suspending the State Attorney General Kathleen Kane who outed the judge and other "entertainers" like him. Pennsylvania is also attempting to criminally prosecute her and oust her from office.
Those are #PennsylvaniaValues.
All of the above was just a foreword to the story of discipline - or rather - a bonus - that was given by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upon a federal judge of a Waco (Texas) federal court, Walter S. Smith, Jr. who was known in that court for years as an alcoholic and a sexual predator.
That story is intense, fact specific, and was not reported in the press in enough detail.
Moreover, the decision of discipline of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit minimized what happened and did not address the full scope of Judge Smith's misconduct.
I will try to provide full coverage of what Judge Smith and what his personnel did to cover up or even enable Judge Smith's sexual hunt.
Those, I understand, are #TexasValues?
For the full story of Judge Walter Smith, his misconduct and the federal court system's deliberate failure to address that misconduct and criminal behavior - stay tuned.
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