To the Editor:
The lead story in the March 4 issue reports on the state Supreme Court arguments involving Municipal Court Judge Vincenzo Sicari, who moonlights as a comedian under the alias Vince August. The Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities said Judge Sicari and comedian Vince August cannot peacefully coexist as one in the same person.
We have never seen Vince August’s act, and maybe the committee and the Supreme Court hasn’t seen it either. They apparently don’t see the humor in it. Circumstantial evidence to the contrary can be found in the fact that Vince August is doing warm ups for The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.
If Vince August’s act were not funny, it might in fact bring disrepute or cause a loss of confidence in Vince August. But in the judiciary? Whether Vince August is funny or not, why should that impair Judge Sicari’s impartiality as jurist going about the business of applying the law to any of the facts presented by a case before him?
We are certain the editors of the Law Journal saw the irony of the plight of Vince August, aka Vincenzo Sicari, because they ran a casting-call advertisement for the sixth biennial Celebration of Lawyers in the Arts on the same page that the lead story on Vincenzo Sicari was carried over to. Would participation in the show as a "singer, actor, dancer or musician" bring disrepute or loss of confidence in the bar? Of course, this production benefits the New Jersey Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts, so any disrepute suffered there goes for a good cause.
Louis Auchincloss wrote works of fiction which contained corrosive comments about the hypocrisies and prejudices of some members of the bar. Would anyone suggest that such stories brought disrepute to the bar or bench? The Supreme Court apparently doesn’t have much of a record to go on. Until the Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities points to something specific it thinks is disreputable, we hope the court will maintain its sense of humor.
Mark D. Schorr
Charles S. Crow III
Editors’ note: The writers credit us with too much wit. The placement of the casting-call ad was random.