(Trenton, NJ) – A Superior Court judge in New Jersey is being accused of violating the code of judicial conduct by asking a rape victim if she kept her legs closed. Ocean County Judge John Russo Junior has been barred from the bench and faces four charges that were announced Monday.
In addition to the rape victim incident, Russo is accused of using his office to influence scheduling of a personal legal matter, failing to recuse himself from a case where he had a personal relationship and improperly communicating with someone in a paternity matter he oversaw.
Russo has been on paid administrative leave after refusing a mental health evaluation. He’s suing for workplace discrimination.