Law clerk's complaint dismissed
Retired judge was accused of sexual harassment. He kissed the woman.
Express-Times, The (Easton, PA)-May 22, 1999 / Author: WILLIAM GUHL
TRENTON - The state Supreme Court on Friday reprimanded a retired Warren County Superior Court judge for kissing his law clerk, but dismissed the clerk's sexual harassment complaint against the judge.
Retired Judge John Stritehoff Jr., who retired in May 1998, was reprimanded for "conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute."
A law clerk who worked for Stritehoff from 1997 to 1998 claimed that the judge on numerous occasions kissed her against her will, discussed intimate matters with her and often asked if she was thinking of him.
She filed a complaint with an assistant trial court administrator in January 1998.
Stritehoff denied the allegations, but admitted kissing the clerk on the lips to congratulate her on passing the bar exam and to wish her happy holidays at Christmastime in 1997.