Illinois Judge Faces Discipline After Viewing Porn In Courthouse

200px-La_grande_Epidemie_de_PORNOGRAPHIEWill County Judge Joseph C. Polito in Illinois has become the latest case of disciplinary action for watching pornography on a work computer. Polito’s use of the courthouse computer was detected on a regular check of the computer system and, to his credit, Polito admitted the misuse. The question has now become the appropriate punishment for two counts under the Illinois judicial code.

There is no indication that child porn was involved and Polito has admitted that “I used pornography as a crutch to deal with my feelings of inadequacy.” He added that “[f]or 60 years this was an inner conflict–I was ashamed, I didn’t feel good about it and tried to stop. The only way I knew to address it was in a confession with a priest.”

Polito admits the first charge of bringing his “judicial office into disrepute” but denies that he failed to conduct himself in a way that “promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.” The latter denial appears based on his view that this was not public and did not affect his decisions.

Polito is seeking professional help for a compulsive sexual disorder and attends a Sexuality Anonymous support group twice a week.

Putting aside that denial, he did admit to the use and has been subject to what he legitimately describes as “a shameful and humbling experience.” Given that, should a reprimand be enough?

This is a violation that routinely occurs in offices around the country, including government offices. There is discussion of termination for Polito but I find that a bit harsh given his admission and treatment. If he is otherwise a judge in good standing and this is just a case of viewing porn online, I would think that a reprimand and conditions like monitoring would be sufficient. What do you think?

Source: NBC

46 thoughts on “Illinois Judge Faces Discipline After Viewing Porn In Courthouse

  1. mespo, Great story. And I remind everyone of the great Seinfeld, “Master of my Domain” episode. Remember Elaine had to pony up more money, to which she agreed was fair, because she’s a woman. But she still lost because of John John. I love how this thread has evolved, “the truth shall make you free.”

  2. nick spinelli 1, December 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Dredd, It probably is, and I bet the oral arguments are a bit different..and there are NO objections.
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    Chevy Chase, Chubby Chase, Chubby Checker, and Supreme Court justice Dong Kong all starred in that porno flick about horse sense.

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  3. Dredd, You’re a sick mofo…I love it! Chubby Checker had a love child named Misty Bass. She was conceived during a midwest concert and grew up in Janesville, Wi. w/o any help from Chubby. Misty led her basketball team to a couple state championships and went on to play for Duke. So, there is some benefit from fornication w/o a stable relationship, but that is the exception, not the rule. I think spanking your monkey watching porn is still the way to go. It is not a perfect world.

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