Ninth Circuit judge Alex Kozinski called it quits.
I cannot be an effective judge and simultaneously fight this battle. Nor would such a battle be good for my beloved federal judiciary. And so I am making the decision to retire, effective immediately.
And indeed, this was true, both from the perspective of his inability to be effective as a judge with an inquiry pending and, given the allegations made against him, the taint regardless of the outcome of the inquiry.
And the mindless morons on the ground went nuts. A sexmonster!!!
Assuming that some, even if not all, the allegations against him are true, then he did much over the decades of his tenure on the circuit that was bad, inappropriate and, according to your level of sensitivity, reprehensible. His resignation, at this time and under these circumstances, was likely inevitable.
But this is no moment to cheer, and only the truly insipid believers will be so myopic as to do so. Consider:
- The claims against Koz go back years, decades; it’s not as if these are brand new, fresh, he just did it yesterday complaints.
- The people who are complaining sat silently for years, decades, without saying a word. He was such a monster, yet they said nothing? It wasn’t so bad that they could bear silent witness while others walked into his trap.
- Everyone knew it, but everyone kept silent? Is there some bravery to being silent about a monster?
- The same people who are now coming forward, when it’s popular to be the accuser, enjoyed basking in Koz’s reflected glory all these years. They got jobs, Supreme Court clerkships, feathers in their cap by being a Koz clerk, and they wore those feathers proudly for decades. Hey, look at me, I was a Koz clerk!!!
- As a judge, Koz did some things that were exceptionally good, extremely bold. How many judges came out against the epidemic of Brady concealment?
- And now, in the heat of passion, where there were some very serious (if decades old) accusations, but mostly petty ones, where the piling on went untested by those who preferred to believe because it’s the fashionable thing to do, where there is no room for any thoughts of proportionality, since Koz was a monster and the only thing to do with a monster is kill it, those with an excess of passion and a dearth of depth are thrilled at his demise, cleansing their moral universe of this tainted waste of life.
- And in his place will be nominated someone more suitable to President Donald Trump.
What a glorious day for the moral universe of women.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Kozinski is gone. What a glorious day. He had to go, but there is nothing to cheer about. This is a terrible day, but tomorrow will likely be even worse.
Tell your clients, as their appeals are affirmed by a newly appointed Ninth Circuit judge, how it’s all worth it to get rid of that monster Kozinski for the things no one could bother to mention he did decades earlier. Your client will understand.
Update: I’m not sure whether to be flattered or offended by this:
There’s a peculiar weirdness when people I don’t actually know assume that something I’ve written is about them. There’s probably a psychological term for it, other than narcissism, but for someone to desire my attention this badly, and thus to make a false claim about me, seems par for the course in these deranged days. Sorry, dude, but nothing I’ve ever written at SJ is about you, whoever you are.