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Judge asks ethics panel to review his website conduct

June 13, 2008|From a Times Staff Writer

A federal judge who acknowledged maintaining his own publicly accessible website featuring sexually explicit photos and videos Thursday called for an investigation of his own conduct.

Alex Kozinski, 57, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, asked a court ethics panel to initiate the proceedings after The Times reported Wednesday that the judge had posted lewd photos and videos on his personal website.

Kozinski was presiding over a closely watched obscenity trial in Los Angeles federal court when he acknowledged the website.

"I will cooperate fully in any investigation," Kozinski said in a statement.

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