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The Judge Has No Robe

 

As potential crimes go, what’s one step dumber than driving off in a police car?

Stealing a judge’s robe.

This past week, a Philadelphia municipal judge, Joseph C. Waters Jr., took a break from the bench to go to the men’s room.

He left the door to the robing room unlocked. He came back and his robe is gone, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Think about it: Who would steal a judge’s robe? You can’t wear it on the street. You can’t hock it on the street, either (“Psst, buddy. Wanna buy a robe? Barely used.”).  You might make it part of a Halloween costume, but then again, you could probably find a robe reasonably cheap at Party City.

I wouldn’t want to representing a defendant before Waters that particular afternoon.   

Maybe Philadelphia’s not as tough a town as they would have you believe. A memo went out to all courthouse personnel. Shortly thereafter, reports the ABA Journal, a secretary sheepishly returned it to Waters. She had taken it, thinking it belonged to her boss.

2 comments

  1. Michael Valentine

    If this was an act of revenge by a disgruntled litigant it certainly speaks poorly of a courthouse that has judges using public access disrobing rooms and lavatories. I have picked up the wrong robe on a number of occasions – that
    may be what happened here. I recommend an interjudicial amnesty period..
    If indeed it was vengeance, can top it. The jail trustees once painted my coat closet, including the door, inside and out, without taking my robes out of the closet. When I came to work on Monday I had two robes with white right sleeves and one robe with a white left sleeve. Trial lawyers tried to determine if there was a message in which side (white) sleeve I wore each day..

  2. Michael Valentine

    If this was an act of revenge by a disgruntled litigant it certainly speaks poorly of a courthouse that has judges using public access disrobing rooms and lavatories. I have picked up the wrong robe on a number of occasions – that
    may be what happened here. I recommend an interjudicial amnesty period..
    If indeed it was vengeance, can top it. The jail trustees once painted my coat closet, including the door, inside and out, without taking my robes out of the closet. When I came to work on Monday I had two robes with white right sleeves and one robe with a white left sleeve. Trial lawyers tried to determine if there was a message in which side (white) sleeve I wore each day..

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