Judge Suspended for a Month After Pulling Employee By Ear

TRENTON (AP) -

Playing it by ear didn’t work for one New Jersey judge.

Mercer County Presiding Judge Gerald Council has been suspended for a month without pay after he was accused of pulling a court employee by the ear, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The suspension will be from Dec. 7 through Jan. 7.

Council said at a disciplinary hearing Wednesday that he was embarrassed and failed the judiciary system.

A state disciplinary committee says that he humiliated a former court worker and that the touching “undeniably diminishes the stature and integrity” of the judicial office.