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Prominent appeals court judge accused of sexual harassment

Judge Alex Kozkinski, here in the picture during the oral arguments in 2003, was appointed to the Federal bench by Ronald Reagan in 1985.

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A former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was accused of sexual harassment by several women who worked as employees or externs, to the court.

The claims against Alex Kozinski, 67, were first reported by The Washington Post. Two of the women told the Post that Kozinski asked them to look at pornography on a computer in his chambers. Four other women claimed he made inappropriate comments or being subjected to inappropriate behavior.

The allegations against Kozinski were reported in the same week that three members of Congress — Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.; Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.; and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. — announced they would resign or retire amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

One of the women, former clerk, Heidi Bond, said the Post, that Kozinski showed her pornographic pictures on at least three occasions, and asked you whether you aroused your.

Bond, writes romance novels under the Pseudonym of Courtney Milan before, was more of Kozinski’s behavior online. You wrote that the judge showed her a piece of paper a list of names of women he and his friends had sex while in school.

“Don’t tell your co-writer about that,” Bond wrote that Kozinski told her. “It’s not something I want to know you.”

On another occasion, Bond wrote, Kozinski, your prohibit from reading romance novels on their dinner break. When she protested, he said to her, “I control what you read, what you write, if you eat. You don’t sleep, if I say so. You don ‘ T s— when I say so. You Understand?”

“There was nothing to say wrote, but this:” Yes, judge,'” Bond.

With a former clerk, Emily Murphy, told the Post that Kozinski approached her at a reception, where they had discussed training Regime with other employees and suggested that they work out naked. If Murphy tries to change the subject, she Kozinski operated, said the conversation in the direction of nudity.

“It was not only clear that he imagine me naked, he tried to invite other people — my colleagues— to do so,” Murphy, the paper said. “That was the thing that was humiliating.”

Glad to see another open secret in the printer. In law school, didn’t know anyone, and women to apply, a clerk for judge Kosinski, in spite of its prestige and connections to the Supreme court. I always had the feeling the men took their places, a traitor. https://t.co/FhNQpZQ736

— Alexandra Brodsky (@azbrodsky) 8. December 2017

In a statement to the Post, Kozinski said, “I was a judge for 35 years and during this time, more than 500 employees in my firm. I treat all my employees as family, and work very closely with most of them. I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is unfortunate that a hand has been offended by something I said or maybe done.”

According to the Post report was published, other members of the legal community responded to the social media. Civil rights attorney Alexandra Brodsky tweeted that Kozinski was his behavior in “an open secret.”

“In law school, everyone knew, and the women do not apply, a clerk for judge Kosinski [sic], in spite of its prestige and connections to the “Supreme Court,” she wrote. “I always had the feeling the men took their places, a traitor.”

The Romanian-born Kozinski was appointed to the Federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1985. He served as chief judge on the San Francisco-based Ninth circuit between 2007 and 2014.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handles cases for nine Western States, including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands. It drew criticism from some conservatives, who argue that many of the judges are politically biased towards liberal positions.

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