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Newark judge faces ethics charges

Steven Barister accused of gender bias, bringing religion into court

By Nikita Biryukov, October 25 2019 6:27 pm

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A Newark Municipal Court judge is facing ethics charges over comments telling a man accused of domestic violence to treat women “as if you’re holding a feather, just to let them know you’re the man and you’re in control.”

The New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct released a formal complaint against Steven Barister on Thursday, saying the judge’s comments invited the appearance of gender bias and accusing the judge of bringing his personal religious beliefs into the court room.

Barister referred to a woman as a “curve,” which according to the complaint, he later said was a biblical reference.

The Bible says Eve was created from the rib of Adam.

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