ACJC: Judge Offered Anti-Semitic Comment Just Hours Before Passover- In re Wertheimer
[8/11/09 – 6:02 pm] The Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct (ACJC) has released a new complaint charging a judge of the Superior Court with several violations of the New Jersey Code of Judicial Conduct as a result of certain anti-Semitic remarks he made in court a short time before the beginning of the Passover holiday. In the complaint, the ACJC alleges that Superior Court Judge William L’E. Wertheimer responded to a request from an attorney appearing before him to leave court early due to the holiday by asking the attorney if he should inform the jury that the trial would conclude for the day so that one or both counsel could attend a “Bund meeting.” The Nazi Bund was an American-based, anti-Semitic organization that publicly promoted NAZI goals and philosophy in the United States via mass meetings and demonstrations during the years leading up to World War II, roughly from 1936 through 1939.
As a result of prior incidents on judicial discipline, the ACJC contends that the Judge has engaged in a pattern of misconduct. The Respondent judge will now have an opportunity to file an answer to the allegations set forth in the complaint and to contest them in a plenary hearing before the ACJC. Any and all final discipline in judicial matters must be imposed by the Supreme Court.
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