Feeds

Las Vegas judge sacked for MySpace page

Foot stuck in mouth - and elsewhere

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

A North Las Vegas judge has been sacked after telling MySpace readers that his interests include physically beating prosecutors - or words to that effect.

In a post to his public MySpace page, The Associated Press reports, substitute judge Jonathan MacArthur laid out his attitude towards prosecutors using a certain graphic phrase that he claimed was common "among blacks, people who associate with blacks or in a sports context.”

The AP wouldn't actually quote the phrase and the MySpace page has since been made private, but The Reg can confirm that MacArthur told internet users everywhere that his interests include "breaking my foot off in a prosecutor's ass" and "improving my ability to break my foot off in a prosecutor's ass."

MacArthur is also a criminal defense attorney, but in describing his role as a pro tem judge with the North Las Vegas Justice Court, he said that he was a lot like a substitute teacher in a black choir robe with a disconcerting amount of authority.

The page was spotted by Clark County District Attorney David Roger, who promptly faxed a copy to court administrator Terri March, telling her that he would file a motion to recuse MacArthur from his role as substitute judge if the court didn't cut him first. March then showed the page to Justice of the Peace Natalie Tyrrell, whom MacArthur had substituted for, and MacArthur was soon removed from the court's list of pro tem judges.

"A judge has a duty to be unbiased, but also to avoid the appearance of being biased," March told The Reg. "We're not suggesting that when he did sit in for the judge, he displayed any kind of bias, but his web page represents his state of mind."

MacArthur told The AP that his comments about prosecutors were tied to his role as a defense attorney - and that he was just joshin'. “It's obvious to the casual reader [the comments] are an overstatement just for the effect,” he said. "People who know me and interact with me socially know I'm constantly trying to say things in a funny, provocative manner." He also said that he still plans on running for a post with the new judicial department that opens in North Las Vegas in 2009.

The 34-year-old better hope the locals have short memories. After our conversation with the court, we're confident that his story will be all over the local news come 6 o'clock this evening. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.