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Alex Kozinski quits

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18-year-old Kozinski greets prospective “date”.

Kozinski’s statement in relevant part:

Still, I’ve always had a broad sense of humor and a candid way of speaking to both male and female law clerks alike. In doing so, I may not have been mindful enough of the special challenges and pressures that women face in the workplace. It grieves me to learn that I caused any of my clerks to feel uncomfortable; this was never my intent.

For this I sincerely apologize.

Kozinski’s clueless arrogance is exemplified by the fact that, after the Washington Post published allegations from five women, he responded by remarking that “If this is all they are able to dredge up after 35 years, I am not too worried.” Within a few days that number had more than tripled, and would almost certainly continue to go up if he hadn’t quit.

Given the almost complete invulnerability of federal judges to any formal discipline, we can hope this little incident will help “encourage the others,” as Voltaire once remarked.

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