Update: Will County Judge admits using court computer to view porn

This is an update to two previous blog posts, which can be found here and here.

The Sun-Times reports that Will County Judge Joseph Polito has admitted to many of the allegations against him in an ongoing Judicial Inquiry Board investigation.

The Sun-Times states:

A Will County judge has admitted he used his courthouse computer to view Internet pornography but says he’s seeking professional help to deal with his problems.

Judge Joseph Polito made his admission in papers filed with the Illinois Courts Commission last week, nearly four months after the Chicago Sun-Times first revealed that his county computer account had been repeatedly used to access hard-core pornography…

Polito had until now refused to discuss why his computer at the Joliet courthouse was used to access sites, including chubbyparade.com, hugeheavybreasts.com, bigbras-club.com, portofdebauchery.com and teenagesextape.com in 2010 and 2011.

But in papers filed by his attorney last week, Polito admitted he had frequently done so during work hours, typically after his afternoon court call had been completed but also in the morning before he took the bench.

The judge also admitted he knew there was a policy against viewing porn at work, and that he kept searching for porn even after he was blocked by software designed to prevent staff from wasting taxpayer time.

He acknowledged that his actions had “brought the judicial office into disrepute” and that they violated the state’s code of judicial conduct but denied that he had violated a section of the code that requires a judge to “conduct himself in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”

According to the article Judge Polito has sought counseling for his behavior.  His candor and treatment should help in obtaining leniency.  Although he is facing the possibility of losing his seat on the bench, he  probably won’t get much more than a reprimand, or at most, maybe a short suspension.

One thought on “Update: Will County Judge admits using court computer to view porn

  1. Pingback: Update: Will County Judge suspended for 60 days for viewing porn | illinoisduilawyer

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