On Tuesday, July 2, 2024, the New Jersey Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC) filed a misconduct complaint against Elizabeth Municipal Court Judge Richard Obuch. The complaint alleges Judge Obuch engaged in several incidents of inappropriate conduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Judge Richard Obuch,” with case number ACJC 2024-205.

According to the complaint, last December Judge Obuch attended the annual holiday party for judges where he allegedly consumed two Old Fashioneds, sangria and over five shots of hard alcohol. The complaint claims Judge Obuch was visibly intoxicated just 45 minutes after arriving. While intoxicated, it is alleged he inappropriately touched and kissed three female court employees without their consent.

One incident detailed in the complaint states Judge Obuch approached a court employee on the dance floor and danced inappropriately toward her. He then allegedly followed her to the bathroom and blocked the door from closing while making lewd comments.

The ACJC also says Judge Obuch maintained multiple social media accounts where he posted explicit images and comments on photos of nude women. In November 2023, Obuch was seen on his personal X (formerly Twitter) account embracing an adult film actress at an Exxxotica Convention. Records indicate he was subscribed to the actress’ OnlyFans account. The complaint argues Judge Obuch’s online behavior demonstrated poor judgment and disrespected the judiciary.

Additionally, the complaint alleges Judge Obuch’ law firm website and some personal accounts referenced his role as a municipal court judge, which the ACJC says violated conduct standards. Most of Judge Obuch’s online profiles have since been deleted.

This is the second complaint filed against Judge Obuch. In 2012, he received a reprimand for taking on a private legal case representing an Elizabeth City employee and subsequently becoming involved in a criminal complaint against that individual.

The current complaint could lead to sanctions ranging from a public reprimand to removal from the bench. A final decision will be made by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.