September 20, 2013

"I hope Sicari wins his case, but if he loses, I hope he dumps his day job and lets us hear all the lawyer jokes he's been keeping to himself..."

"... in his effort to avoid confusing the public and reflecting badly on the judiciary. If you're really good, Mr. Sicari, bust loose and confuse the hell out of us with all the bad reflections you've got."

Said I back in February. Today, I see that Vince Sicari has lost his case — he was a municipal judge and he lost at the state supreme court level — and he has quit.
Several justices questioned whether the public could separate Mr. Sicari’s position as a judge from roles he has played on the ABC hidden camera show “What Would You Do?” in which he has portrayed homophobic and racist characters. That quandary played a central role in the ruling on Thursday, as the justices noted that someone tuning into the show might not know that actors were used in the sketches. They applied the same standard for Mr. Sicari’s stand-up performances.

“In the course of his routines, Sicari has demeaned certain people based on national origin and religion and has revealed his political leanings,” according to the court’s opinion. “The court cannot ignore the distinct possibility that a person who has heard a routine founded on humor disparaging certain ethnic groups and religions will not be able to readily accept that the judge before whom he or she appears can maintain the objectivity and impartiality that must govern all municipal court proceedings.”
The judge was judged by judges who themselves have the burden of expectations that judges can never assume that their audience understands sarcasm and role playing and all the other wonderful dimensions of speech that remain open to people who are allowed to be free.

8 comments:

elkh1 said...

An honest judge who makes funs of biases is much more preferable than a hypocritical judiciary and media who hide their biases behind an illusion of impartiality.

Mark O said...

Follow me. Follow me to freedom.

I now repeat myself for the umpteenth time that progressives hate free speech. They enjoy order. Order is the enemy of freedom.

Paddy O said...

People like that will stab you when you least expect it.

tim maguire said...

They probably didn't want to strain the court docket with an endless parade of appeals claiming judicial bias.

American Liberal Elite said...

I wish your blog had a "like" button.

Ann Althouse said...

Even before I figured out how to speak freely, I knew I didn't want to be a judge. The restriction alone is bad, even before you have anything you want to do or say.

So all the judging is done by people who accept the limitations. Sad!

southcentralpa said...

"The Disbarment Jokebook" Sounds like an underground, runaway Kindle Book sensation ...

Brian McKim & Traci Skene said...

There are people who will sit throguh a comedian's performance and not "get" the idea that what the comedian is saying is a joke... How could we ever expect people to sit through the standup performance of a judge (by day) and expect them to make that distinction? He did the right thing by quitting judging and diving into standup.