NJ Justices Reprimand Ex-Judge Over 'Sexual Innuendo'

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (October 19, 2021, 6:44 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded a former municipal court judge who was targeted with an ethics complaint for making a remark to a criminal defendant that bystanders described as "sexual innuendo," according to an order made public Tuesday.

The justices agreed with the state's Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct that former Judge Hector I. Rodriguez should be reprimanded for his exchange with the defendant, which happened four years ago during his stint handling centralized judicial processing in Somerset County Superior Court.

According to records in the ethics case, the defendant asked the then-judge, "Do I owe you anything?"...

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