Kozinski, 57, left court Wednesday without comment after suspending the trial of Ira Isaacs, who is charged with obscenity for selling movies depicting bestiality and fetishes involving feces and urination.The delay until Monday will give lawyers time to consider whether to ask for Kozinski to step down from the case.The judge, a married father of three sons, claims to build his own computers but told the Times he didn't know the Web site was accessible to Internet surfers.One of his sons, Yale Kozinski, later told The New York Times that the site is registered to him and he maintains it, but neither father nor son made clear who posted the images in question.‘The cat is out of the bag’ Federal rules say judges should "act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary." But does material on a judge's personal Web site cross that line?"Even if it is private, the problem for him is the cat is out of the bag," said Tom Fitton, president of conservative Judicial Watch.The computerized cache included a picture of two nude women on all fours painted to look like Holstein dairy cows, images of masturbation, a video of a man being pursued by a sexually aroused donkey and a slide show featuring a striptease with a transsexual."If you found this kind of thing in your kid's bedroom you would wash your kid's mouth out with soap.
Kozinski asked Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to assign the inquiry to a panel of judges outside the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction of nine western states.e-mails to the recent law school graduates who successfully win coveted one-year appointments as his law clerk."He has an outlandish personality for a federal judge," said former clerk Harry Susman, a Houston lawyer.Six years later, he won a date in 1968 while appearing on the TV show "The Dating Game" after greeting the contestant with "good afternoon, flower of my heart." He purports to build his own computers and said he was "an authority on snowboarding" while successfully vying to win a gossip blog's contest for "judicial hottie." He has written video game reviews for the Wall Street Journal, and his prolific commentary on everything from the death penalty to the use of Yiddish in the law has appeared in legal journals and mainstream media alike. The computer-savvy Kozinski walked into a government computer room in San Francisco and personally disabled the filters for three appellate circuits, including his own, touching off a feud with administrators he ultimately won when they stopped blocking porn.Kozinski often puts in 80-hour work weeks and is infamous for sending 3 a.m."There is no indication that this material is even close to obscenity." Cyrus Sanai, a Beverly Hills lawyer who has had a long-running dispute with the 9th Circuit, took credit for bringing the graphic material to light.Sanai said he discovered the sexual content in December while monitoring the judge's Web site as part of his legal rift with the court.We expect more from a judge," said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and law professor at Loyola University Law School."Character counts for judges because they have so much power and affect so many people's lives." Kozinski who has been mentioned as a possible Supreme Court candidate, is known for his intellectual rigor, writing flourishes and an outlandish — some say boorish — personality.But the graphic material has opened questions about his fitness to serve on the high-profile obscenity case as well as the standard for what types of images are taboo, particularly on a judge's personal Web site.Thought the images were private Although he requested an investigation, it's unclear what, if any, discipline Kozinski could face.