The Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline has found that Traffic Court Judge Willie F. Singletary is guilty of bringing his office into disrepute in a bizarre case involving the judge holding “photo sessions” with his genitals . . . and then showing the picture on his iPhone to a Traffic Court cashier. It was not the first time that Singletary has run afoul of standard of judicial decorum. However, his alleged “grooming” of his member for the photo display appears to have been enough to force his resignation. He is shown here in his other job — as pastor at a West Philadelphia church that he founded.
Some of Singletary’s prior conduct seems a bit strange for a judge on a traffic court, including driving on a suspension license, riding his motorcycle into his office, and accumulating thousands of unpaid tickets. He is shown on video stating: “There’s going to be a basket going around because I’m running for Traffic Court judge, right, and I need some money,” Singletary said at Malcolm X Park while campaigning in the primary. “Now, you all want me to get there. You’re all going to need my hookup, right?”
Singletary insisted that at the rally “I was in preacher mode,” he said. “I do admit I chose a poor choice of words.” It is not clear what “mode” he was in when showing his photo display to the cashier.
Worse yet, he was accused of promising voters favorable treatment when they came before him. That promise was allegedly made at a “biker rally” where he is accused of saying that favorable meant those who donated to his judicial campaign would get favorable treatment from him once he was elected.
Singletary claimed that he had forgotten about his pictures of his penis among the various photos that he showed the female worker. The woman filed a sexual-harassment complaint.
According to reports, he previously had his license suspended because of $11,000 in unpaid traffic fines. To accumulate that number of tickets requires considerable effort.
Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline dealt with the most notable of these acts in a remarkably dry judgment:
“We hold that a judge who intentionally grooms his penis for photography, and then intentionally photographs his penis for the purpose of display to others, had better remember that the photographs are in his phone lest they ‘slip out’ at some inopportune (albeit unplanned) time under circumstances which are likely to offend another person or persons.”
The Court further concluded that such photo ops have no place on the courts:
“We think that the public – even those members of the public who register the lowest scores on the sensitivity index – do not expect their judges to be conducting photo sessions featuring the judicial penis and then to be sending the photos over the electronic airwaves to another person.”
What is also striking is that Singletary won his seat with 12.8 percent of the Democratic primary vote in 2007. That happened to be the highest out of a field of 15 candidates — a rather bizarre way to select judges. Indeed, this article indicates that Singletary is not an attorney. You do not have to be an attorney to be a judge on the traffic court in Pennsylvania.
Below is a video of a Pastor Willie Singletary who is shown in articles as the same judge Singletary. The picture seems to be the same, but I have not been able to confirm that it is indeed the same person.