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UK Judges Sacked Over Porn Scandal

UK Judges Sacked Over Porn Scandal
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UK Judges Sacked Over Porn Scandal

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Three judges in the United Kingdom have been sacked after it was found they’ve viewed porn on computers meant for exclusive judicial use. A fourth judge, meanwhile, has resigned before the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) reached a verdict for disciplinary action.

A Wholly Unacceptable Conduct for A Judicial Office Holder

The three judges were District Judge Timothy Bowles, Immigration Judge Warren Grant and Deputy District Judge and Recorder Peter Bullock. The fourth judge, recorder Andrew Maw, would’ve been likewise removed had he not resigned before the conclusion of the investigation, JCIO said in a statement.

While the materials viewed did not include images of children or other illegal content, The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice found the conduct inexcusable and unacceptable for judicial office holders.

Unprecedented

The announcement was unprecedented, Clive Coleman of BBC said. Especially that The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice found nothing to suggest that the judges were involved in anything illegal. The case was only a question of conduct becoming of judicial officers, The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice told BBC.

The three judges are not appealing the decision, a spokesman for JCIO told BBC.

Grant Asks For Privacy

In an official statement granted to BBC, Grant said he was having a “severe and undiagnosed depression” when the allegation was being investigated. Grant asked for privacy for him and his family.

“I do not wish to comment save to say that for some years before, and during, the period covered by the conduct which formed the subject of the complaint laid against me I was suffering from severe and undiagnosed depression. I request that the privacy of my family and myself be respected so that we are allowed to continue with our lives,” Grant said in a statement.

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