A judge in Alaska who brags about his “medieval Christianity” is in hot water after making wildly inappropriate comments in the courtroom.
Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley faces public sanctions including suspension or even dismissal after the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a formal complaint against the politically incorrect judge.
Judge Dooley is facing a host of allegations, in particular, the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct cites six incidents, brought to their attention through anonymous complaints, beginning the first month Dooley was on the job in May of 2013 and running through September of last year.
Those incidents include:
In a sentencing hearing, Dooley said: “Has anything good ever come out of drinking other than sex with a pretty girl?”
In a sentencing hearing where the victim was a 14-year-old girl, Dooley said: ”This was not someone who was, and I hate to use the phrase, ‘asking for it’. There are girls out there that seem to be temptresses. And this does not seem to be anything like that.”
When asking jurors whether they could hear a soft-spoken female witness, Dooley said: “I’m sorry folks, but I can’t slap her around to make her talk louder.”
Slate reports the complaint against Judge Dooley also notes several bizarre remarks Dooley made regarding religion and culture, including the following:
I’m gonna enforce these oaths and they’re enforceable with a 2-year sentence for perjury. And I’d be the sentencing judge. I also have a medieval Christianity that says if you violate an oath, you’re going to hell. You all may not share that, but I’m planning to populate hell.
In short, the commission found Judge Dooley guilty of making statements “inappropriate to the dignity of judicial office.”
Marla Greenstein,the executive director of the commission, said the complaint was built on review of court transcripts and interviews with people working in the Nome legal system:
The commission evaluates the conduct in the investigation at various stages and gave notice to the judge several times in the process. The point where they made the determination it was serious enough to warrant public charges was at a meeting on May 12.
Greenstein states Judge Dooley faces 1 of 3 possible outcomes:
A public censure, basically a public statement that the conduct was wrong and violated the Code of Judicial Conduct; suspension from office for a certain period of time; and then, the most severe, is a removal from office.
Judge Dooley has 20 days to respond to the complaint.
(H/T Christian Nightmares)