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Judge John F. Russo appears for a disciplinary hearing before the New Jersey Supreme Court Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in Trenton, N.J. Russo, who who told a woman she could "close your legs" to prevent a sexual assault is "remorseful," his lawyer said. (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP, Pool) Judge John Russo Jr. appears for a disciplinary hearing before the New Jersey Supreme Court on July 9, 2019 in Trenton, New Jersey. Russo, who told a woman she could “close your legs” to prevent a sexual assault is “remorseful,” his lawyer said. (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP, Pool)

With “flagrant” lapses in ethical behavior as a Superior Court judge, particularly an “undignified” exchange with a victim of sexual assault in which he challenged whether she had “closed her legs” or otherwise fought off the assault, John Russo Jr. was ordered removed from the bench.

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Suzette Parmley

Suzette Parmley is the Trenton Correspondent who covers the N.J. Supreme Court, Governor, Legislature. She also contributes to The Legal Intelligencer and law.com. Suzette joined New Jersey Law Journal in Jan. 2019 from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she was a former Trenton Statehouse Correspondent and Business Reporter/Columnist. A 5-time winner of the Business Financial Writing Portfolio Award from the New Jersey Press Association and graduate of the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Email: [email protected] or follow on Twitter: @SuzParmley

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