by Ralph Bailey
posted Sep 5 2014 12:47PM
In all my zeal to point out to the Commission on Judicial Performance and to our local Superior Court Judges that their fair-haired boy, Judge Cory Woodward, did NOT cooperate with their investigation regarding his affair with his clerk, Jocelyn Dunnegan and, in fact, did everything he could to lie, mislead and maintain his decadent, philandering lifestyle, I neglected to turn up "Woody's" most egregious crime: sexual harassment.
How could it slip my mind that Judge Woodward was Dunnegan's boss and flirting, canoodling and making love to a subordinate is the classic definition of sexual harassment, despite the "consensual" nature of the relationship.
Office hookups are a human resource manager's nightmare and for the very reasons played out in Woodward's own Greek tragedy. Late lunches, courtroom nicknames, preferential treatment were all complaints of Dunnegan's colleagues and are all classic symptoms of an illicit inner office affair.
While I'm sure the couple thought they were being slick, sly and subtle, their affair become so blatant, (During work hours, the judge made a sexual gesture toward Dunnegan not knowing a public citizen was in the court room, according to the CJP.) no less than at least two employees of the court came forward to complain, including the clerk's husband.
Don't get me wrong, I've had good reason to focus on the fact that the CJP and Woodward's fellow judges let this community down. Their insistence that "mitigating circumstances" such as Woodward's "…full and forthright cooperation with the commission's investigation…" is both a complete ignoring of the facts but it's also the greatest hypocrisy since Woodward's own reason for confessing.
Let's understand the facts.
NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE BUT ON SEVERAL OCCASSIONS, Woodward, approached by fellow judges, investigators and a deputy court executive officer, chose not only to lie but appeal his Sancha's reassignment. And it was only until under the fear of a security breach by the clerk's HUSBAND, did Woodward finally end his series of lies, obfuscations and premeditated omissions. In other words, when Dunnegan's husband started popping up at court and contacting court officials about the relationship … Woodward finally told the truth!
And a panel on Judicial Performance and local judges think this guy's fit to sit on the bench. He's as fit as Sydney Greenstreet!!! (Please see the motion picture "Casablanca" for the Greenstreet reference.)
See you on the radio!
posted Sep 2 2014 12:29PM
Saw this article crop up on my Facebook feed, got excited, noticed it was from February 2014, got bummed out, read it anyway, and realized there's never a chance for this piece of magnificence to come back.
HBO ushered in the "second golden age of television" with the launch of THE SOPRANOS in 1999 (I personally mark the wrap-up of BREAKING BAD as the unofficial end of that era... though there are still some fine programs out there and television continues to eclipse movies in quality and standards... but I digress...). I still regard the saga of Tony and his two families as my favorite drama series of all time. But ROME runs a very close second.
ROME, seen by far too few, set a different standard for story telling. A standard that has been fully realized with GAME OF THRONES (thank you again, HBO...). But make no mistake, ROME raised the stakes in terms of viewer investment in a period/fantasy setting (ROME is a mix of historical drama with historical personalities and events, very much intertwined with fictional characters and altered events). It also boasts one of the finest "bro-mances" since BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID... long live Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus.
Bruno Heller, the shows creator and show-runner, has now moved on to other things. His new series GOTHAM is launching in a few weeks and I have very high hopes considering his track run.
But the brilliance of ROME will only shine, it seems, in DVDs and blu-rays... along with the rest of the Second Golden Age.