>> Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is making how the judicial branch handles sexual harassment a top priority this year. This after allegations of misconduct against an influential US appeals court judge surfaced two weeks ago. In his annual year-end report, Roberts said the judicial branch was quote, not immune to sexual harassment incidents.
The appeals court judge, 67-year-old Alex Kozinski, retired from his lifetime appointment after over a dozen women came forward accusing him of inappropriate sexual conduct. Kozinski said that while his friends and family had urged him to stay on, he could not quote, be an effective judge and simultaneously fight this battle.
Reuters has not verified any of the accusations. Roberts plans to form a group that will examine the Court's practices, and recommend necessary changes to codes of conduct, employee guidance on reporting misconduct, and its own rules for investigating complaints.