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Pa. Traffic Court Judge Loses Job Over ‘One-Time Accidental Mistake’ re Too-Revealing Cell Photos

Posted Dec 14, 2012 2:23 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Philadelphia traffic court judge has been removed from the bench for showing a female court clerk photos of his privates.

In a one-sentence ruling on Thursday, the Court of Judicial Discipline took action for what it called judicial misconduct. However, a lawyer for former judge Willie Singletary called the incident a "one-time accidental mistake" and said the judge had resigned from office in February, the Associated Press reports.

According to attorney John Summers, the judge accidentally displayed photos of his genitals for a period of seconds and he and the court clerk were sharing innocuous cellphone content with each other.

A legal ethics complaint contended the judge also asked her "Do you like it?" at the time.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Judge’s Pics of His Privates Result in Unusual Discipline Ruling"

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