DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area judge was suspended without pay for six months Thursday for using crass and sexual language while discussing a trial with two female prosecutors.
The Michigan Supreme Court said Wayne County Judge Bruce Morrow had committed misconduct, but it ordered a shorter penalty than the 12-month suspension recommended by the Judicial Tenure Commission.READ MORE: ‘He Sang The National Anthem At Our Graduations,' Sheriff Washington Remembers Wayne County Corporal Who Died From COVID-19
The court noted that Morrow’s conduct did not affect the rights of the person on trial.
Among the allegations, Morrow asked a prosecutor for her height and attempted to guess her weight. He also tried to guess the weight of the other prosecutor who had volunteered her height, according to a summary of the case.
When a prosecutor said he was wrong, Morrow replied: “Well, I haven’t assessed your muscle mass yet.”
“Asking someone their height or weight is not judicial misconduct. It may be impolite. … There was no evidence that Judge Morrow had any sort of illicit motive in asking these questions,” Morrow’s attorneys said in a court filing.READ MORE: Whitmer Releases Plan Draft For Achieving Carbon Neutrality In Michigan
Morrow also used sexual language when discussing trial testimony with the same prosecutors and a defense attorney away from the jury, the Supreme Court said.
Justice Brian Zahra said Morrow, who had a previous misconduct case, should have been suspended for 12 months.
Morrow’s behavior was a “deliberate pattern of conduct pursued for the purpose of sexually harassing two young female lawyers in his captive audience,” Zahra said.
A message seeking comment was left for Morrow’s attorneys.MORE NEWS: Former Oakland County Priest Pleads Guilty In Sex Abuse Cases, Sentenced Up To 15 Years
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