What is it with judges behaving badly these days?
A 68-year-old American judge has joined the throng of judges succumbing to their bad boy ways and earned himself a warning which says he must retire or face a six-month suspension from the bench.
According to the Associated Press, Judge A.P. "Pete" Fuller used foul language and made numerous racial and sexist jokes whilst in court. As such, Fuller is now facing suspension along with probation and additional therapy for "behavioral problems".
According to reports, Fuller "maligned the reputation" of South Dakota's judiciary, insulted numerous lawyers, conducted himself on the bench with "unconscionable arrogance", used abusive language, and "rudely mistreated employees".
In the original complaint against Fuller, it was alleged that he called police "a bunch of racists" and went on to defend his remarks by saying "the allegations are true".
Fuller also apparently called one lawyer an "asshole" while in chambers and gave him the finger during a court hearing. This apparently caused the lawyer's client to be "greatly concerned".
He also allegedly told an intern that the legal profession was better before women joined it.
Lawyers who are supporting Fuller say he is no worse than other judges they have appeared before.
Folklaw would like to spend a day within the confines of the South Dakota court system to verify that claim.
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