9th circuit court of appeals
December 11, 2017

Judge Alex Kozinski Should Resign Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

Several women who served as his clerks and externs have accused Federal Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski of sexual misconduct. Kozinski is a veteran of California’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. In light of the allegations and Judge Kozinski’s troubling history on related issues, I call on Judge Kozinski to resign.

Given the serious nature of the accusations against him by multiple women and his history of sexual exploitation, Judge Kozinski should resign immediately. Judge Kozinski’s alleged sexual misconduct is unacceptable for any man in any sector of society, and it should certainly not be rewarded with a lifelong seat on a U.S. court of appeals.

In 2008, Judge Kozinski embarrassed the federal judiciary when he was trial judge in a high-profile obscenity case in Los Angeles. After acknowledging that he posted sexually explicit material to a publicly accessible personal website, he was forced to recuse himself and declare mistrial.  A panel of 9th Circuit judges investigated the matter and determined that his actions “can reasonably be seen as having resulted in embarrassment to the institution of the federal judiciary.”

No further embarrassment should be allowed from this insensitive judge.

Patrick A. Trueman

CEO and President

Patrick Trueman serves as president and chief executive officer at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.  He spearheads efforts to address the intersectionality between all forms of sexual exploitation, including the public health crisis of pornography, the demand for commercial sexual exploitation, the abuse of children, and more. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman, a lawyer for more than 40 years, established the organization’s Law Center, to influence the law and our courts to ensure the values of human dignity are represented.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity, managing an office of prosecutors and working with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled throughout the world to speak about human trafficking and the harms of sexual exploitation.

Mr. Trueman lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children.

 

 

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