Here’s the scenario:
He’s a fifty-something married judge looking for a new law clerk. She’s a bright, beautiful 24-year-old graduating lawyer. She comes to work for him. He has a policy of a one-year-only term for law clerks. He breaks policy for her, ostensibly because she is so very competent in her job…She stays on two years. Only one to do it…
She marries and begins her family.
Flash forward five years to right now. He’s in his late 50’s and has his eye on the state Supreme Court, the highest judicial office in the state. She has been in private practice for three years with a big firm in town. She has two children under four years of age with a handsome man her own age.
She works on the Judge’s campaign.
You’re already onto this story, I know. It burst into our papers over the weekend: She and the Judge have been having an affair. It has broken up her household. Her husband has actually named the judge in his divorce action.
What the Judge’s wife has to say about it has not been revealed. I can imagine.
The scuttlebutt in the community is that “This is the ‘real’ thing…they are truly in love,” like that matters to the grieving spouses and the two little children. Like that makes it okay.
Election is right around the corner. Judge is not disputing the facts as stated (“No comment…this is a personal matter”), nor is his wife saying anything. What the Judge says is, “Dirty politics!!”
Adultery is a stated ground for divorce in our state (which still requires grounds). It is an issue that is often before a divorce court.
Should I be uneasy taking my adultery cases before him? Is there going to be a tendency for him to “understand” when a person “strays” from the marriage because of “love,” “lust,” or “we just grew apart?” Is that okay?
Is he fit for office at the highest legal level? Or is this purely a “personal” matter, and should we elect him on his merits as a judge, disregarding any personal matters?
To the right you will see a survey of two simple questions, the top two items in the right-hand column. Please take a moment and click on the responses. I need your balance here—I need to be checked if I’m wrong. I’m listening. C.