Judge Who Said 'Close Your Legs' Says He Intended To Help

Law360, Trenton (December 3, 2019, 10:28 PM EST) -- A suspended New Jersey judge fighting his removal from the bench for asking a rape accuser if she'd tried closing her legs told a panel Tuesday that though the words were "chosen terribly," he had been trying to help the pro se litigant after she'd become visibly shaken by a defense attorney's remark.

Superior Court Judge John F. Russo Jr. told a state Supreme Court-appointed panel during a hearing that the graphic question — which led to highly publicized ethics charges as the #MeToo movement gained steam — came after the unrepresented woman floundered on the stand when her alleged attacker's...

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