Judge faces potential discipline for pulling employee by ear

Mercer County Judge Gerald Council faces potential discipline

Mercer County Judge Gerald Council faces potential discipline for pulling an employee by the ear. (Credit: File Photo)

TRENTON - A New Jersey judge faces potential discipline from the state's highest court for pulling a court employee by the ear and unwelcome touching.

The potential discipline comes after the Advisory Council for Judicial Conduct released a report Thursday saying the suspension and stripping of Gerald Council's designation as Mercer County presiding criminal judge was warranted.

The report says Council's actions humiliated a drug court worker and violated the code of judicial conduct.

The advisory council substantiated allegations that Council singled a woman out and forcefully led her from a room. She also said the judge grabbed her by the ear on a separate occasion.

Council denied the allegations at a hearing.

The state's highest court will consider the discipline at a hearing Dec. 2.

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