Federal judge says women attorneys should tone down dress in court

March 27, 2014 / Written By Associated Press

OMAHA, NEB. –  A federal judge in Nebraska who has stirred up a hornet's nest for suggesting that young women attorneys need to dress more conservatively in court has the support of one woman who holds his judicial career in her hands: Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp.
 
Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf weighed in Tuesday on the topic of young women and how they dress for court on his online blog, "Hercules and the Umpire."
 
As a senior judge, Kopf is semiretired, taking cases assigned him. A chief judge unhappy with a senior judge's behavior could simply stop assigning him cases. That's not going to happen in Kopf's case, Smith Camp said Wednesday.
 
"He is not sexist, and he is not a dirty old man," Smith Camp said.
 
The blog itself is unusual for a federal judge. In it, Kopf has posted everything from videos of his grandkids to opinions on various court cases, and once told Congress to "go to hell" for allowing a brief federal government shutdown last year. He had declared in late December that he was shutting down the blog but spontaneously resumed earlier this month, posting about his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, the legalization of medical marijuana and the death of anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr.
 
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