NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – TERRENCE CULLEN
A controversial federal appeals judge marred by sexual misconduct allegations against former staffers has decided to retire.
Judge Alex Kozinski, a veteran of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, made the announcement in a statement Monday. He said he couldn’t stay on the bench while defending himself from the allegations of inappropriate behavior.
“Nor would such a battle be good for my beloved federal judiciary,” he reportedly said in the statement. “And so I am making the decision to retire immediately.”
At least 15 women have accused the 67-year-old judge of sexual misconduct while working with him.
Of those women, at least four said Kozinski improperly touched them, tried to kiss them or groped their breasts.
Kozinski has denied the allegations against him, which also include a slew of inappropriate comments.
Heidi Bond, a former law clerk who now writes novels under the penname Courtney Milan, last week accused Kozinski of showing her pornographic images.