Lawyer: Judge sorry for telling woman to 'close your legs' to prevent assault

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A New Jersey judge facing disciplinary action for telling a woman she could "close your legs" to prevent a sexual assault is "remorseful,” according to his attorney.

Judge John Russo Jr. did not speak Tuesday during a disciplinary hearing before the state Supreme Court. But his lawyer, Amelia Carolla, told the justices Russo has "learned his lesson" and he "will not do this again."

The woman appeared before Russo in 2016 seeking a restraining order against a man she said sexually assaulted her. Russo responded with the comment about closing her legs.

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Russo previously said he was seeking more information and wasn't trying to humiliate the woman.

During Tuesday's hearing, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner questioned how a sex assault victim could have confidence in the judicial process if Russo remains on the bench.

The justices are deciding how to discipline the judge.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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