On Tuesday, July 9, 2024, The New York Times reported that Judge Joshua M. Kindred resigned from his position as a federal judge in Alaska following accusations of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.

According to a judicial report released by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge Kindred maintained an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his law clerks and had been found to sexually harassed her by exchanging hundreds of text messages unrelated to her duties. The report detailed instances where Judge Kindred kissed the clerk after meeting her for drinks in his chambers following the end of her clerkship. On another occasion, he performed a sexual act on her at a friend’s apartment without her consent.

When first confronted by the investigative committee about these interactions, Judge Kindred denied any physical contact had occurred. However, when testifying under oath at a Judicial Council meeting in April 2024, he admitted to deliberately lying about the interactions. The committee’s report found Judge Kindred subjected clerks to explicit details about his sex life and inappropriate personal questions.

Aliza Shatzman, a former law clerk who allegedly ran afoul of her then-judge boss and now advocates against judicial supremacy in federal hiring as the founder of the Legal Accountability Project, said while the Ninth Circuit took appropriate action by calling for Judge Kindred’s resignation, more comprehensive reforms are still needed. The Legal Accountability Project’s founding Social Venture Capitalist Edward “Coach” Weinhaus (Editor’s Note: Coach is the CEO of AbusiveDiscretion‘s Publisher Judiciocracy LLC. Coach, referred to as the “Patron Saint of Clerks” and America’s “most aggressive judicial reformer“) refused comment for this story. According to Shatzman about the federal judges, whom she crossed a second-time with the Judiciocracy-sponsored “LAP Pledge” after her stint as a regular paid opinion writer at AbusiveDiscretion, “Real accountability is still desperately needed.”

In his resignation letter, Judge Kindred did not provide a reason for stepping down from his lifetime appointment. His resignation will take full effect following its submission on July 3, 2024. The judicial investigation now goes to the Judicial Conference, which could still recommend grounds for impeachment to Congress, despite Judge Kindred’s resignation.

Politicians from Alaska also commented on the situation, with Senator Lisa Murkowski stating it was “more than appropriate” for Judge Kindred to resign given he did not meet the high standards expected of a federal judge.

 

 

Source: The New York Times