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Inquiry launched into harassment allegations against US appeals judge

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The chief judge of a federal appeals court on Thursday initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations involving another judge that were reported by The Washington Post, a court filing showed.

Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sidney Thomas asked that allegations against 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski be reviewed by judges in another circuit.

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The initiation of a complaint is not a finding of any wrongdoing.

Kozinski declined to comment when reached by Reuters on Thursday.

The Washington Post reported last week that six former law clerks or externs had accused Kozinski of subjecting them to inappropriate sexual conduct or comments.

The newspaper reported that two of the women, one named and the other not, said the judge asked them to view computer images of naked people.

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The newspaper quoted Kozinski as saying that in his 35 years as a judge he had employed more than 500 people in his chambers, and had treated all of them as family.

“I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is regrettable that a handful have been offended by something I may have said or done,” the judge was quoted as saying.

In an order on Thursday, Thomas asked that judges from a different part of the country conduct the review, “to ensure confidence in the impartiality of any proceedings.”

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Thomas said he was issuing his order “consistent with our past practice,” noting that “when incidents of alleged misconduct have been reported in an accredited media publication, we have identified a complaint and initiated an inquiry.”

(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Sue Horton, Toni Reinhold)


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Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’

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President Donald Trump third child blasted children of politicians profiting from their relationship during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News with Jeanine Pirro.

"So where does Joe Biden get off been so pompous and above it all?" Pirro asked.

"If I was doing the same thing that that family was doing I’d be in jail," Eric Trump said.

"Why is it that every family in politics enriches themselves?" he asked. "It is sickening."

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Trump is ‘feeling threatened and running scared’ to cancel G-7 at Doral: ‘Art of the Deal’ co-author

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Trump announces G-7 won’t be held at Doral after widespread criticism for it violating the Constitution

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"I announced that I would be willing to do it at no profit or, if legally permissible, at zero cost to the USA. But, as usual, the hostile media and their Democrat partners went crazy!" Trump argued.

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