Ad­min­is­tra­tor calls sex ha­rass­ment rare

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Alex Swoyer — Jeff Mor­dock

The chief ad­min­is­tra­tor for the fed­eral courts told law­mak­ers Wed­nes­day that there’s less ha­rass­ment in the ju­di­ciary than other in­dus­tries.

James C. Duff, the direc­tor of the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Office of U.S. Courts, said that in his 42 years in Wash­ing­ton, he can’t think of a sin­gle tax­payer pay­out to settle a sex­ual ha­rass­ment claim with clerks or other ju­di­ciary em­ploy­ees.

He said ha­rass­ment must ex­ist, but put its per­va­sive­ness on a scale of three or four out of 10.

“What­ever it is, it’s too much and we are go­ing to do some­thing about it,” he told the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

He tes­ti­fied months after the #MeToo move­ment hit the coun­try, ex­pos­ing ram­pant ha­rass­ment in Hol­ly­wood and ma­jor busi­nesses and on Capi­tol Hill. And one prom­i­nent ap­peals court judge, Alex Kozin­ski of the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals, re­signed after six women who had served as law clerks ac­cused him of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in­side the fed­eral court­house.

Mr. Kozin­ski still col­lects his an­nual salary as re­tire­ment pay from the courts. The same is true for for­mer District Judge Wal­ter Smith Jr. of Waco, Texas, who re­tired in 2016 after a for­mer clerk came for­ward and ac­cused him of grop­ing and kiss­ing her in 1998. The San An­to­nio Ex­press News says he’s paid $203,100 a year.

Mr. Cohen has re­mained silent about the ABC News re­port, but had been quot­ing Bud­dha and the Dalai Lama in tweets last week.

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