Judge who said men ‘are in control’ calls remarks misguided
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge facing discipline after suggesting to a defendant that men “are in control” has acknowledged that the remarks were inappropriate.
Municipal Court Judge Steven Brister’s response published Monday called the comments “well-meaning but misguided.”
Addressing a domestic violence suspect, Brister suggested that men should treat women “as if you’re holding a feather, just to let them know you’re the man and you’re in control.”
A state judicial conduct advisory committee posted a complaint in October alleging the comments violated conduct rules, were disparaging to women and could create the perception of bias.
Brister sits in East Orange part-time and is an acting judge in Newark. His response Monday said he has recently completed several ethics courses.