9th Circuit Icon Stephen Reinhardt Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Misconduct

The Daily Caller | 2/13/2020 | Staff
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A former law clerk to the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt accused the judge of sexual misconduct Tuesday morning while testifying before a House subcommittee.

The clerk, Olivia Warren, said the judge made denigrating remarks about her body and marriage on a regular basis and lashed out at women who accused prominent men of misconduct.

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Reinhardt served on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1980 until his death in 2018.

A former law clerk to the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt, once a leading light of the federal judiciary, accused him of pervasive harassment and misconduct during stunning testimony before a House subcommittee Thursday morning.

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Olivia Warren, who clerked for the judge from May 2017 until his death in March 2018, testified that Reinhardt regularly belittled her physique, scrutinized the physical appearance of female clerk applicants, and exhibited obsessive and paranoid behavior following the retirement of former Judge Alex Kozinski for workplace misconduct. Former President Jimmy Carter appointed Reinhardt to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1980.

“Judge Reinhardt routinely and frequently made disparaging statements about my physical appearance, my views about feminism and women’s rights, and my relationship with my husband, including our sexual relationship,” Warren said. “Often, these remarks included expressing surprise that I even had a husband because I was not a woman who any man would be attracted to.”

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“I would like to emphasize that it is not my intention to destroy Judge Reinhardt’s legacy, to erase his significant contributions to the law, or to condemn him,” Warren said elsewhere in her testimony. “I was drawn to the practice of law by an interest in indigent defense work, and, especially as a capital defense attorney, I believe it is essential to see the enormous capacity for both good and bad in all people.”

Warren described a generally degrading...
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