Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski Announces Immediate Retirement

Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski announced his immediate retirement this morning according to the Washington Post.

Kozinski said in a statement that it was never his intent to make his clerks feel uncomfortable and that he’s retiring because he can’t be an effective judge and simultaneously “fight this battle,” according to the Washington Post.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced Friday that Chief Judge Sidney Thomas filed a complaint against Kozinski in light of allegations of sexual misconduct.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. transferred the case to the Second Circuit Friday.

It’s “unlikely in the extreme” that the complaint process will move forward now that Kozinksi has retired, Charles Gardner Geyh told Bloomberg Law in an email Dec. 18.

Geyh teaches and writes in the areas of judicial conduct, ethics and procedure at Indiana University Bloomington’s Maurer School of Law.

The Washington Post article says that 15 women have accused Kozinski of sexual misconduct.

President Ronald Reagan nominated Kozinski to the Ninth Circuit in 1985. He served as chief judge from 2007 – 2014.