State appeals judge resigned as he reportedly faced sexual harassment and bias allegations

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The presiding judge of California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose resigned last week as he reportedly faced claims of bigotry, sexual harassment and discrimination.

The judge is Conrad Rushing, the San Jose Mercury News reported in a story noted by the Recorder (sub. req.). The Mercury News based its reporting on anonymous sources and a confidential report commissioned by the state judicial council.

The council reportedly concluded that Rushing looked at nude photos in chambers, commented on the appearance of female employees, made derogatory remarks about groups based on ethnicity and religion, and treated male employees more favorably than females.

The report allegedly said Rushing gave female lawyers less complex cases and required them to pack his belongings before his apartment was fumigated.

The state Commission on Judicial Performance also investigated and reportedly came to the same conclusions as the judicial council, according to the Mercury News.




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