Federal judge resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

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A federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Alex Kozinksi announced his immediate resignation Monday morning, after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations has come against him in the past two weeks.

At first, six women came forward with allegations against Kozinski. Their complaints ranged from inappropriate touching and kissing and saying he showed them porn in his office, to harassment and assault.

By last Friday, nine more women stepped forward to claim that Kozinski “subjected them to sexual comments or conduct.” Four of the women said that the man had touched them inappropriately or kissed them without consent.

On Monday, Kozinski threw in the towel, announcing he is resigning immediately, and released the following statement:

“A couple of years ago, as I reached the age when several of my colleagues had decided to take senior status or retire, I began considering whether the time had come for me to move on as well. Family and friends have urged me to stay on, at least long enough to defend myself. But I cannot be an effective judge and simultaneously fight this battle. Nor would such a battle be good for my beloved federal judiciary. And so I am making the decision to retire, effective immediately.”

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