Shocking new allegations of sexual harassment against the late “liberal lion” Judge Stephen Reinhardt are putting a renewed focus on misconduct within the federal judiciary, with many questioning how such alleged behavior could remain largely secret until years after his death.

Thursday’s testimony from former Reinhardt law clerk Olivia Warren alleged a series of misconduct from the judge as Warren worked in his chambers in 2017 and 2018. Among other claims, Warren said Reinhardt, who died in 2018, repeatedly subjected her to abusive language  and accused her of making up her prior experiences with sexual harassment.

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