Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

Error message

Views XML Backend: HTTP response: Service Unavailable. URI: http://search.fccinteractive.com/solr/classifieds/select/?q=pubToDomain:thedickinsonpress.com+AND+featured:1&fl=imageArray,datePosted,advertisement,classification,slug,ID,title&start=0&rows=5000&sort=slug%20asc
Advertisement

Panel says judge should be suspended for sexual harassment

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
news Dickinson, 58602
The Dickinson Press
(701) 225-4205 customer support
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

BISMARCK -- A hearing panel in a sexual harassment case against a Cass County judge has recommended the judge be suspended for two months without pay as a disciplinary measure.

Advertisement
Advertisement

In its recommendations, a panel of the Judiciary Conduct Commission found that after he made a pass at a female court reporter and was turned down, Cass County District Court Judge Wickham Corwin repeatedly sexually harassed her.

After the court reporter declined his advances, Corwin tried to have her reassigned, disciplined or terminated in retaliation, the hearing panel's findings say.

"(The court reporter) did not want to report Judge Corwin, and if anything, being involved in a public proceeding is probably her worst fear. Further, Judge's Corwin's conduct has subjected the judiciary to public ridicule which undermines the public's confidence in the judiciary," the panel's recommendation says.

The court reporter testified at a hearing June 24-25, at which Corwin also testified.

The panel's recommendation was filed with the state Supreme Court, which makes the final decision on whether to enact the sanctions.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement