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Chief justice notes topic of sexual misconduct in report

In December, prominent federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski retired following misconduct accusations by women including that he had touched them inappropriately.

Posted: Jan 1, 2018 9:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chief Justice John Roberts is using his annual report on the federal judiciary to promise a careful evaluation of its sexual misconduct policies. He's also highlighting the work of court employees following a year of destructive hurricanes.

Roberts issued the 16-page report on New Year's Eve. He says in it that events in recent months have "illuminated the depth of the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace." And he says, "Events in the past few weeks have made clear that the judicial branch is not immune."

In December, prominent federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski retired following misconduct accusations by women including that he had touched them inappropriately.

Roberts has asked a working group to examine the judiciary's workplace conduct policies. A report is expected by May 1.

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