How a New Jersey judge used social media to keep the law out of his courtroom
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New Jersey’s chief justice resigned Monday, saying he would resign in protest against what he characterized as a biased system that was not working.
In his resignation letter to the state Legislature, Judge Michael S. McAdams said he had been forced to resign after a series of social media posts about the court, including one in which he compared it to a “slut shop” where “there is no room for sexual desire.”
McAdams, an outspoken conservative, is the first to be ousted from the bench in New Jersey in more than two decades.
He served on the bench from 1994 to 1997 and was appointed to the bench by Republican Gov.
The comments from McAdams were first reported by The Associated Press.
In a statement, McAdams described himself as “an attorney with a lifelong interest in constitutional law.”
He said he was resigning because he “has grown weary of having to deal with a biased, politicized and biased judiciary, a state that continues to treat all people equally.”
He also wrote that he did not want to create an environment in which any judge or prosecutor is afraid to bring charges against anyone because of their political affiliation or affiliation with their political party.
McAdams comments were not the first time he’s been accused of bias by social media users.
He was also criticized by state lawmakers last year for saying “if you’re not for marriage equality, then you’re against God.”
McAdAMS REPLIES, “If you’re in favor of marriage equality and if you’re a Christian, you’re pro-family, and if I’m for marriage, I’m pro-marriage equality.”
The controversy has raised questions about the integrity of the court system in New York and beyond. “
THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE A BETTER TEAM TO MAKE THIS GO.”
The controversy has raised questions about the integrity of the court system in New York and beyond.
A spokesman for McAdams did not immediately return a request for comment.
McADYS RESPONSE: I HAVE NOT BEEN AWARE OF THE POI OF THE COURT SYSTEM BUT HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED IT TO BE BAD.
McAdams’s comments come at a time when the Supreme Court is weighing a challenge to the constitutionality of a state law that requires public officials to disclose their financial ties to religious groups.
The state law is named after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that required disclosure of political contributions made by state and local officials to nonprofits.
A group of civil rights and other groups is challenging the law.
New Jersey has been the focus of several lawsuits challenging the constitutionally protected right to religious freedom.
Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered a state-funded church to stop its controversial Sunday morning services, saying the religious group violated the First Amendment rights of clergy.
McAdams’ comments drew praise from the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit seeking his removal.
“In the face of this unprecedented abuse of public power, it is imperative that the state-level judiciary take a stand against judicial overreach,” said the ACLU’s Executive Director, Jameel Jaffer.
McAdam was nominated to the court by Christie, who served in the state’s House of Representatives for 11 years.
McAshen’s appointment sparked a backlash, with critics claiming the court was too partisan.
Critics also said the court is not properly representing the views of the people of New Jersey.
McAdays office did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.
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New Jersey’s chief justice resigned Monday, saying he would resign in protest against what he characterized as a biased system…