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‘We Get Frustrated With The Women Human Beings,’ N.J. Judge Says. He’s Facing Ethics Charges

By Rebecca Everett
nj.com

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct said in a formal complaint that Judge Steven Brister’s speech about how men should treat women was “inappropriate, disparaging to women and had the potential to create the appearance of a gender bias.”

NJ.com

A municipal court judge is facing ethics charges after he told a male defendant accused of domestic violence that when men “get frustrated” with women they need to treat them like “a feather” and not resort to hitting like a boxer.

“Just to let them know you’re the man and you’re in control,” Judge Steven Brister said during a proceeding in Newark municipal court earlier this year.

The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct said in a formal complaint released Thursday that Brister’s speech about how men should treat women was “inappropriate, disparaging to women and had the potential to create the appearance of a gender bias.”

Brister serves as a judge in courts in East Orange and Newark.

The committee said Brister made the following comments to a defendant Feb. 21 after noting that he had multiple domestic violence matters on his record:

“I’m going to tell you what I tell a lot of people with this same charge. Because all of these charges are the same. We, as men, and I can speak to you as a man, ’cause I am a man as well. We get frustrated with the women human beings. Because we try to straighten out a creation ’cause they was created with a curve.

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