Cali’s uber-liberal 9th Circuit judge accused of sexual misconduct, including porn; his maddening response …

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is famous for its liberal makeup and for having the most-reversed appeals in the country, but who knew looking at porn was among the court’s attributes?

Judge Alex Kozinski has been accused of subjecting former clerks and junior staffers known as externs to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments, according to The Washington Post. Six women in all have leveled complaints.

AP Alex Kozinski
(AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Heidi Bond, who clerked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said the prominent jurist called her into his office more than once and pulled up pornography on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually, the newspaper reported.

A second former clerk also said Kozinski, who served as chief judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for many years, asked them to view porn in his chambers.

The 9th Circuit is the largest federal appeals court circuit in the country and was in the news this year when a three judge panel struck down President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The 67-year-old judge told The Post in a statement that it was “regrettable” if anyone was offended by his words or actions.

“I have been a judge for 35 years and during that time have had over 500 employees in my chambers,” Kozinski said. “I treat all of my employees as family and work very closely with most of them. 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.”

AP Alex Kozinski, Mary Schroeder
(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, Pool, File)

He brushed the allegation off altogether in a later comment to the Los Angeles Times.

“I don’t remember ever showing pornographic material to my clerks” Kozinski said. “If this is all they are able to dredge up after 35 years, I am not too worried.”

Bond said she recalled three instances when the judge showed her porn in his office.

“I was in a state of emotional shock, and what I really wanted to do was be as small as possible and make as few movements as possible and to say as little as possible to get out,” she said, according to The Post.

Emily Murphy, who worked for a different judge on the 9th Circuit, described a time when Kozinski commented on her working out naked in front of others.

“It wasn’t just clear that he was imagining me naked, he was trying to invite other people — my professional colleagues — to do so as well,” Murphy said. “That was what was humiliating about it.”

The other four women spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation.

The newspaper noted that this isn’t the first time Kozinski that has been “embroiled in controversies related to sexually explicit material.”

“In 2008, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the judge had maintained an email list that he used to distribute crude jokes, some of them sexually themed, and that he had a publicly accessible website that contained pornographic images,” The Post reported.

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