Retired judge reprimanded, told remarks were sexist
"I was clearly misunderstood. I take responsibility for this; I'm a judge, I should be clear," Lewis said Monday. Lewis said he's not a sexist. He said his wife is an artist and a feminist; his daughter is a lawyer. His mother, an escapee from Nazi Germany, ran the family business after his father died at a young age, he said. And at Columbia Law School, he worked alongside then-professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg on a Supreme Court legal brief challenging sexual discrimination.
He is 67 and retired as supervisory judge of Strafford County Superior Court, where he earned $137,800 a year.
"I never felt as though Judge Lewis made a ruling against us because of these thoughts, or beliefs, or musings," Velardi said.
Under the terms of the reprimand agreed to by Lewis, he retired without senior status, meaning he won't take judicial work on a limited basis. Nor will he serve in any other judicial capacity.
But Lewis disputed any other violations of the judicial code.
He said he continues to practice law in a limited capacity.
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