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Judge In Essex Who Said 'Men Are In Control' Calls Remark 'Misguided'

A municipal judge who serves in East Orange and Newark admitted comments he made to a defendant in February were inappropriate
A municipal judge who serves in East Orange and Newark admitted comments he made to a defendant in February were inappropriate

A municipal court judge who sits in East Orange part-time and is an acting judge in Newark admitted Monday that comments he made to a defendant facing domestic violence charges were inappropriate, the Associated Press reported.

In October, the  state Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct posted the complaint against Judge Steven Brister alleging a breach of conduct. In February, Brister told the defendant that he can't go at women "like Mike Tyson" and "at best"the defendant should treat women  "as if you're holding a feather, just to let them know you're the man and you're in control," NBC News reported.

In a published response Monday Brister said his remarks were "well-meaning but misguided." He also said he has completed ethics courses.

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