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Suspended from the bench for a month without pay over his shoot-from-the-hip comments, Mercer County, N.J., Superior Court Judge Wilbur Mathesius appears unchastened. The New Jersey Supreme Court recently sanctioned Mathesius, whose nickname is “Wild Bill,” but rejected the state Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct’s call for a longer suspension. The justices said that Mathesius violated the canon of ethics by scolding a jury that acquitted a criminal defendant and by making ex parte comments to another jury. He called an appeals judge who once reversed him “inexperienced and not competent,” and made “outrageous sarcastic, and pejorative” comments about the death penalty system and members of the high court. Mathesius argued that he was merely exercising his First Amendment rights and won’t keep his mouth shut in the future when it comes to telling the truth. “Mostly, I am troubled that the genesis of much of the concern is attributable to an opinion which I wrote in good faith,” he said later. In its ruling, the court said that being a judge is about subordinating one’s own views to the law. “That is the unique lesson every judge must hold dear and one that, to date, has not been fully embraced by Judge Mathesius.”- New Jersey Law Journal Ethnic rivalry Comedian Jackie Mason made a cameo appearance in U.S. District Court in New York City to accept an apology from the group Jews for Jesus in return for dropping a lawsuit in which he claimed the group damaged him by using his name and likeness in a tract. “There’s no such thing as a Jew for Jesus. It’s like saying a black man is for the KKK,” he said. “You can’t be a table and a chair. You’re either a Jew or a gentile.” Jews for Jesus, founded in the 1970s, practices Judaism but regards Jesus as the Messiah. Mason’s $2 million lawsuit sought the immediate destruction of Jews for Jesus pamphlets featuring an image of him next to the words “Jackie Mason . . . A Jew for Jesus!?” with information inside that outlines the similarities between Jews and Christians. The pamphlets had been handed out around the city. The group’s executive director, David Brickner, said in a letter to Mason that he wanted “to convey my sincere apologies for any distress that you felt over our tract. “To me, and most of our Jews for Jesus staff, you project an image of a loving, caring and wise Jewish grandfather,” he wrote. “We appreciate your broad knowledge and your feeling for all things Jewish.” Brickner said he believed the publication was protected by the Constitution, but that the group was willing in the interest of peace and love for Israel to retire the pamphlet.- Associated Press Sex bombs A former strip-club waitress was sentenced to five years of supervised release after she pleaded guilty to mailing threatening letters and flammable material, including condoms filled with a potentially explosive mixture. Court documents said that Kimberly Lynn Dasilva, 49, mailed the condoms to a television station, strip clubs where she had worked and other places, saying that she was tired of being mistreated by men. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole of Boston sentenced her to the supervised release with conditions, including that she receive mental health counseling and treatment, perform 500 hours of community service, refrain from alcohol and not contact victims. None of the condoms exploded. Dasilva told investigators she did not think they would explode.- Associated Press

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