New Jersey Supreme Court rules against ‘joking judge’

09/24/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New Jersey – The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled against a municipal court judge seeking to maintain his position while also doing standup comedy. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Vince Sicari resigned on Thursday following the court’s unanimous ruling.

Sicari’s entertainment career was called into question by multiple justices who suggested the public may not be able to separate his judicial position from entertainment roles such as those he’s played on the ABC hidden camera show “What Would You Do?”

The court’s opinion is quoted by the AP as reading, “The court cannot ignore the distinct possibility that a person who has heard a routine founded on humor disparaging certain ethnic groups and religions will not be able to readily accept that the judge before whom he or she appears can maintain the objectivity and impartiality that must govern all municipal court proceedings.”

Sicari is quoted as stating of the court’s decision, “I’m not surprised by the result, but I’m very disappointed… I take great pride in being a judge and to give that up is disappointing.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – New Jersey Legal News

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