Published on: Saturday, July 8, 2023

For two years, a New Jersey judge used a pseudonym to post roughly 40 publicly available videos on TikTok videos of himself lip-syncing lyrics from popular rap songs; Eleven were deemed inappropriate by the judicial conduct committee. (article available here).

In some, he was wearing judicial robes or shown walking through a courthouse. The state’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct filed a complaint against the Superior Court judge, Gary N. Wilcox, who will now face a hearing that could lead to discipline ranging from a reprimand to dismissal from the bench.

Several were recorded in his court chambers and included songs that contained “profanity, graphic sexual references to female and male body parts, and/or racist terms.”

The complaint argues that the judge's decision to post the TikTok videos showed “poor judgment and demonstrated disrespect for the judiciary and an inability to conform to the high standards of conduct expected of judges.”