Disgraced former Philadelphia traffic court judge Willie Singletary faced further discipline from Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline over an incident last year when he showed pictures of his erect penis to a woman.
It was charged that Singletary was showing various personal pictures on his cellphone to the woman when two images of his penis appeared. He then asked her “Don’t you want a piece of this?”
As bad as his pickup lines are, this was just another misstep in Singletary’s judicial career.
Allegations of ticket fixing arose during a 2009 rally when a video caught him appearing to agree to fix tickets for a contribution. Prior to becoming judge, Singletary also ran up $11,000 in parking fines and had his license suspended. With a history of those fines, that should have been an indication that Singletary was not going to be a typical judge. At least the tickets were a unique way to enhance his qualifications.
Singletary resigned in May but the hearing to discipline him continued. However, the court’s language in its ruling was very unusual and left a number of memorable phrases.
“We think that the public – even those members of the public who register the lowest scores on the sensitivity index – do not expect their judges to be conducting photo sessions featuring the judicial penis and then to be sending the photos over the electronic airwaves to another person,” wrote the court in its ruling.
While it is important to heighten the respect, authority and honor that a judicial position encompasses, penises probably don’t need to be described as “judicial.” That particular part of a judge’s anatomy doesn’t affect court demeanor. The Court of Judicial Discipline probably could have found a better way to phrase that.
Singletary’s defense was that he forgot the photos were in his phone. Okay, that sounds defensible, but what is the purpose of taking the pictures in the first place? In addition, the court noted that an erect penis is something difficult to forget, especially when Singletary took the picture himself.
“Taking photographs of one’s erect penis is a ‘memorable event.’ We also mention that they weren’t stored in [Singletary's] phone for nothing – they were stored in his photo for re-viewing. What else?
“A judge who intentionally grooms his penis for photography, and then intentionally photographs his penis for the purpose of display to others, had better remember that the photographs are in his phone lest they ‘slip out’ at some inopportune . . . time under circumstances which are likely to offend another person.”
A memorable event this is, but one that many people would rather forget.
The court ruled that Singletary put the judiciary into “public disrepute,” but has not barred him from seeking another judicial position so far. They are waiting his response before imposing penalities, which will likely prevent him from ever holding another judicial post.
Here’s a video from Singletary’s arrest last December.