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Judges might be expected to live up to higher moral standards than those who don’t sit on the bench.But a recently launched inquiry into a Canadian judge’s leaked photos of herself in bondage gear reveals that judges are people, too – people who make bad decisions or were maybe even wrongfully accused of raunchy behaviour.
We decided to take a look at some of history’s most salacious sex scandals involving the judiciary.
Former Oklahoma state court judge Donald Thompson used a penis pump under his robe during at least four trials, the Associated Press reported in August 2006.
Thompson claimed the penis pump was a joke, but he was sentenced to four years in prison for exposing himself.
The disgraced judge was also charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend and driving under the influence, the Tulsa World reported. In October 2011, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that he couldn't receive his retirement benefits.
Ex-federal judge Jack Camp met a stripper in Atlanta's Goldrush Showbar that led to his downfall after he allegedly started paying her for sex.
The now-disgraced judge began snorting cocaine with the stripper and she enticed him to take part in an October 2010 drug deal that was part of an FBI sting, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported.
In March 2011, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Camp was sentenced to 30 days in prison after a judge found he 'denigrated the federal judiciary.'
Detroit Judge Wade McCree is famous for sending shirtless photos of himself to a married bailiff. But he also told a reporter in April 2012 that there's 'no shame' in his 'game,' Fox News reported.
'I've got no shame in my game,' McCree told Fox News. 'There's nothing nude about it. I'm in no more clothes than I'll be in the Y this afternoon when I swim my mile.'
Judge McCree is still apparently serving as a judge, according to a Michigan state court website.
Justice Lori Douglas became the subject of a formal sexual harassment probe stemming from naked bondage pics.
In May, the Canadian Judicial Council launched an inquiry into Douglas after her lawyer husband allegedly used the photos to try to entice a client to have sex with her.
The client, Alex Chapman, reportedly filed a $67 million lawsuit against the couple and the law firm where they both worked at the time of the alleged sexual harassment.
The bondage photos, meanwhile, made their way onto the Internet.
While Clarence Thomas is now known for his silence, the Supreme Court justice went through a painful confirmation process in 1991 that he called a 'high-tech lynching.'
Anita Hill, a lawyer who had worked with Thomas, testified at those hearings that he had made many sexual comments, including: 'Who has put pubic hair in my Coke?'
The old controversy came into the public eye again in October 2010 when Thomas' wife, Virginia, called Hill to demand an apology for her husband, The New York Times reported.
Ex-Texas federal judge Samuel Kent was indicted in August 2008 for making lewd advances toward two female employees.
The judge allegedly forced himself on a case manager and secretary and even pushed their faces into his groin area, The New York Times reported.
The judge eventually struck a plea deal mandating his retirement.
Ex-Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas was indicted in March 2009 for paddling and sodomizing inmates, CNN reported at the time.
Thomas' lawyer, Robert Clark, called the accusations a 'high-tech lynching,' echoing Clarence Thomas' observations about his confirmation hearing.
The ex-judge reportedly faced as many as 99 years in prison, but he was acquitted because of a hung jury in October 2009, Fox10TV reported at the time.
In June 2008, renowned Judge Alex Kozinski acknowledged that he had posted online naked photos of women on all fours, painted to look like cows.
The news emerged while he was presiding over an obscenity trial.
However, Kozinski said he didn't realise the public could view the site, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.
A judicial panel eventually cleared him of wrongdoing, noting that Kozinski had admitted that he made a mistake.
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