On Thursday, the Court of Judicial Discipline removed Willie Singletary for engaging in judicial misconduct. The ethics panel found that Willie had shown a female court clerk photos of his genitals taken on a cellphone.
John Summers, Singletary’s lawyer submitted that it was a “one-time, accidental mistake” and also said that Singletary had moved on with his life after getting married this year, and after having resigned from the bench in February. Singletary was a traffic court judge in Philadelphia.
According to Summers, the complainant and Singletary had been showing each other the content on their cell phones, when for a matter of seconds, those photos were glimpsed. The lewd photos of the erect penis of the former traffic judge were unintentionally displayed to the 22-year-old female court clerk, along with photos of the judge’s church and family members. However, the complaint by the woman mentions that Singletary had asked the court clerk, “Do you like it?”
Apparently, she didn’t.
Besides a judicial past, Singletary also has a pious past, and he founded a West Philadelphia church and was its pastor.
In a 19-page opinion, the court wrote, “We think that the public – even those members of the public who register the lowest scores on the sensitivity index – do not expect their judges to be conducting photo sessions featuring the judicial penis and then to be sending the photos over the electronic airwaves to another person.”
The court also added, “A judge who intentionally grooms his penis for photography, and then intentionally photographs his penis for the purpose of display to others, had better remember that the photographs are in his phone, lest the ‘slip out’ … under circumstances which are likely to offend another person.”
The five-member panel removed Singletary from office for “bringing his judicial office into public disrepute.”