Ex-judge ripped over penis pics

Discipline court: He disgraced his office

Posted: October 12, 2012

BY SHOWING TWO photos of his erect "judicial penis" to a court employee, former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Willie F. Singletary shafted the reputation of his office, a Pennsylvania court opined this week.

"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 of Judicial Discipline wrote.

Singletary, 31, resigned from Traffic Court earlier this year after allegedly showing the cellphone snapshots to a 22-year-old female cashier during a night shift.

By showing the photos - which Singletary has said he did not realize were on his phone - he brought the judicial office into disrepute, the court said, according to a Legal Intelligencer report. The court held that Singletary's storing of the images on his phone satisfied the mens rea, or state of mind, requirement to support its finding.

"A judge who intentionally grooms his penis for photography, and then intentionally photographs his penis . . . had better remember that the photographs are in his phone lest they 'slip out' at some inopportune (albeit unplanned) time," the opinion said.

Singletary's attorney said in a statement that his client plans to file an object. The Inquirer reported that Singletary thinks the five-member court failed to show "clear and convincing evidence" that he intended to show the photos.


Contact Morgan Zalot at zalotm@phillynews.com or 215-854-5928. Follow her on Twitter @morganzalot. Read her blog at PhillyConfidential.com.

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