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60-Day Suspension for Will County Judge who Viewed Porn at Work

The Illinois Courts Commission called Judge Joseph Polito's use of work hours to view sex sites an "inexcusable waste of judicial time."

By Karen Sorensen

The Will County judge who claimed his addiction to porn caused him to view sex Web sites while at work was suspended for 60 days without pay Friday by the Illinois Courts Commission.

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While people do develop addictions to alcohol, drugs and pornography, the commission wrote that Judge Joseph Polito's decision to do engage in porn viewing while at work was an "inexcusable waste of judicial time that should have been spent on available judicial duties,” according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Polito, 69, told the commission in November that he suffered from a lifelong addiction to porn, which crossed over into his work day. While he used county computers to view sex Web sites, he said his actions did not affect the rulings he made on the bench.

Polito's 60-day suspension begins Feb. 16, the Sun-Times story said.

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IObrien February 02, 2013 at 04:39 PM
What about all the "victims" who lost mysteriously lost their court cases and thousands of dollars because the judge hearing the case was not even paying attention? I suppose it's just "tough luck" for all of them.
Charles February 02, 2013 at 06:52 PM
What would this judicial commission have done with Earl Warren, Jr., when he was Chief Justice of the California State Supreme Court in the 1970s. On a regular basis, he held sessions at a topless/bottomless bar in Sacramento (The Fig Leaf) in an attempt to determine if the lack of clothes worn by the female workers was obscene.
Will County Resident February 04, 2013 at 04:24 AM
This is just completely inexcusable. Do you realize we are paying him a huge salary, and on top of that, a Illinois constitutionally mandated pension--no matter what decision is made in this case?! Ridiculous--should be out on a rail with his own self-incriminating comments!

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