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Censure urged for NJ judge over Playboy remark to plaintiff

Posted: 6:15 PM, Feb 06, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-06 18:15:00-05
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A New Jersey ethics panel has recommended a high-ranking judge be censured over his behavior in court, including comments he made involving a woman's racy pictures.

The panel filed its initial complaint in August against Middlesex County Assignment Judge Alberto Rivas.

It found Wednesday that Rivas “demonstrated a lack of self-control” when he harshly criticized a man, his wife and girlfriend who appeared in court.

Rivas also told the girlfriend the only person she should be sending nude pictures to was Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.

Rivas has apologized and has indicated he is seeking counseling.