Administrator calls sex harassment rare
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.