Meet Alex Kozinski, the colorful and controversial chief justice of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has itself been mired in controversy from time to time. Read his biography and see photos and a video of him below.

Judge Alex Kozinski is presiding over the obscenity trial of film maker Ira Isaacs in Los Angeles. The trial just started today. It has to do with films made by Isaacs that feature bestiality, defecation, b*ndage and other fetish films.

On the eve of the start of the trial the LA Times revealed that Kozinski, one of the highest-ranking federal judges in the United States, himself had a website full of pornography that included things like bestiality, defecation, b*ndage and more. Judge Kozinski offered to recuse himself from the trial but (surprise!) the defense said they didn’t have a problem with him presiding over the trial! I bet they don’t have a problem with that at all.

Kozinski acknowledged the images and videos were on his website , but stated that he didn’t realize that the public was able to access it. The website, http://alex.kozinski.com, has been taken off line today. He says that he has kept images over the years that he has viewed as interesting or funny so that he can pass them on to friends. He also stated that he must have accidentally downloaded some of the more pornography images on his site because some of them are, in his words, ‘degrading . . . and just gross’.

Its pointed out that these images are on Kozinski’s private server and he has not used public computers or servers for this activity. Kozinski says he finds the images funny and interesting. He says the activities they depict are just a part of life.

Yes, I can certainly see why the defense in the Isaacs trial is thrilled to have him presiding over that obscenity case.

So you want to know what kind of images even the LA Times might find a little off color? Nothing much. Just stuff like women painted as cows romping around on all fours. Men ‘cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal’. Various forms of bestiality. Transsexual striptees. Lots of cr*tch shots, def*cation, ur*nation and undoubtedly more that I’m forgetting about. But you get the picture. Rather, don’t get the picture cause you don’t want it on your computer.

So what do you think? Is this a ‘normal part of life’? Should Kozinski recuse himself from the obscenity trial over which he is current presiding? Does this change your opinion of a man who has been considered one of the most brilliant judicial minds in the country? How does his apparent proclivity for the rough stuff affect your opinion of him, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the judicial system in general?

Alex Kozinski Biography

Alex Kozinski was born on July 23, 1950 in Bucharest, Romania. He is 57-years-old. Both of his parents were Holocaust survivors. His parents first started asking permission to leave Romania when Kozinski was 8-years-old. Their request was finally granted in 1962 when Kozinski was 12-years-old. He has said that they had $5 when they arrived in Baltimore from Romania. They received aid from Jewish welfare organizations and the Kozinskis eventually settle in Los Angeles. His father, Moses, ran a small grocery store in Hollywood.

Kozinski has stated that his parents made extraordinary efforts to see that he was provided for. They made sacrifices for him to get piano lessons and tutoring in French, German and English. He attended John Marshall High School and the University of California in Los Angeles. In 1972 he received his Bachelors degree in economics from UCLA. He received the J.D.l from UCLA School of Law in 1975. Kozinski clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice Warren Burger.

From 1977 to 1981 he had a private practice in California and Washington D.C. He served as counsel in the White House under President Ronald Reagan in 1981 to 1985. In 1985, at the age of 37, he became the youngest person ever to be appointed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. He became the Chief Justice of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on November 30, 2007.

He has been a popular essayist, which articles published in Slate, The New Yorker, The New Republic and National Review.

“You don’t realize how bad it is in a country like that until you live in a free society like ours. People there live in fear of the secret police — fear that something they say may get them taken away in the middle of the night. I have seen people hauled off in their pajamas. I’ve seen what a system of government can do when it is not restrained by law. It’s very important to have a system where the rights of minorities are protected — and the rights of the majority are protected from a small minority of oppressors.”

~~ Kozinski in 1985, on living under communism

UPDATE: Whoops. McCain and I were thinking along the same lines. Check out Alex Kozinski’s naughty side from McCain’s point of view. Its a much more enjoyable article.





Alex Kozinski – Video