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 Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Credit: Jason Doiy / The Recorder

In the normal judicial misconduct case, a federal appeals court would handle the complaint internally. But the sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit pose complications for the courts, according to judicial ethics experts.

Chief Judge Sidney Thomas of the Ninth Circuit is expected to announce soon how his court will respond to accusations by six former clerks or externs that Kozinski asked them to view pornography or subjected them to inappropriate comments.

Charles Geyh of Indiana University Maurer School of Law called the claims “bloody serious.” Geyh and Arthur Hellman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law said they expect Thomas to initiate a complaint against Kozinski if no complaint has been filed with his court or if Kozinski himself does not file one.

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