Panel recommends suspension for Judge Corwin in sexual harassment caseBISMARCK – A hearing panel in a sexual harassment case against a Cass County judge has recommended he be suspended for two months without pay as a disciplinary measure.
By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service
BISMARCK – A hearing panel in a sexual harassment case against a Cass County judge has recommended he be suspended for two months without pay as a disciplinary measure.
In their recommendations, a panel of the Judiciary Conduct Commission found that after he made a pass at her and was turned down, Cass County District Court Judge Wickham Corwin repeatedly sexually harassed a female court reporter.
After the court reported declined his advances, Corwin tried to have her reassigned, disciplined or terminated in retaliation, the hearing panel’s findings say.
“[The court reporter] did not want to report Judge Corwin, and if anything, being involved in a public proceeding is probably her worst fear. Further, Judge’s Corwin’s conduct has subjected the judiciary to public ridicule which undermines the public‘s confidence in the judiciary,” the panel’s recommendation says.
The court reporter testified at a hearing June 24-25, at which Corwin also testified. The Forum is not naming the court reporter because she did not bring forth the allegations.
The final decision on whether or not to enact the sanctions lies with the Supreme Court, with which the panel’s recommendation was filed Wednesday.