Smut Trial Judge Calls For Ethics Panel To Review His Porn

June 13, 2008

Federal appeal court judge Alex Kozinski called for an ethics panel to investigate his own conduct in regards to the lewd photos and videos on his publicly accessible Web site. “I will cooperate fully in any investigation,” Kozinski, chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said in a statement calling for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to assign the inquiry to a panel of judges outside the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction of nine western states. The outcome seems almost laughable as Circuit judges are appointed for life and can only be fired by Congress, though they can be censured by fellow jurists. Court rules permit such investigations to be transferred in high-profile cases, or when a decision within a district might weaken public confidence in the outcome.

The gallery of online images and videos included a picture of two nude women on all fours painted to look like cows, images of masturbation, a video of a bare-bottomed man being pursued by a sexually aroused donkey and a slide show featuring a striptease with a transsexual.

Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and law professor at Loyola University Law School said, “If you found this kind of thing in your kid’s bedroom you would wash your kid’s mouth out with soap….Character counts for judges because they have so much power and affect so many people’s lives.”

The existence of the videos and pictures was first revealed by the Los Angeles Times, which reported that Kozinski had acknowledged the material on his personal Web site, but blocked access to it after being interviewed. He went to claim the images were not obscene.

Cyrus Sanai, a Beverly Hills lawyer, took credit for bringing the graphic material to light.

Sanai said he discovered the sexual content in December while monitoring the judge’s Web site as part of an ongoing legal battle with the court. After downloading the files, Sanai said he began contacting reporters at various publications in January to bring attention to what he called widespread ethical problems on the 9th Circuit.

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Judge Suspends Smut Trial Over Porn On His Personal Site

June 12, 2008


Alex Kozinski, the chief judge of the country’s largest federal appeals court, is more accustomed to appearing on lists to fill U.S. Supreme Court vacancies than headlines involving pornographic scandals. On Wednesday, he was forced to suspend an obscenity trial he was presiding over after sexually explicit images posted to his family’s Web site became public.

The Los Angeles Times had an article claiming that Kozinski had posted sexual material on his personal Web site and then blocked access after being interviewed about it Tuesday evening.

Kozinski told the Times he thought the material on his site, which included a video of a man mingling with a sexually aroused farm animal, couldn’t be seen by the public. The judge said he didn’t believe any of the images were obscene. “Is it prurient? I don’t know what to tell you,” he told the newspaper in reference to the question of the obscenity of the images. “I think it’s odd and interesting. It’s part of life.”

Yale Kozinski, the judge’s son, told the newspaper the next day that the site is registered and maintained by him. It is intended for friends and family. “The fact that it was publicly accessible actually is my fault, too,” the younger Kozinski told the newspaper. “I made a mistake in configuring it.”

After both were interviewed. it was not at all clear who, father or son, who posted the images in question, but it was clear the judge did not find them obscene. The judge suspended temporarily until Monday the trial of Ira Isaacs, who is charged with obscenity for selling movies depicting bestiality and extreme fetishes involving feces and urination.

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