But perhaps a potential Democratic Presidential candidate…or Virginia Lieutenant Governor maybe?
Judge Scott Gallina of Asotin County in Washington was arrested at the courthouse last week and charged with second-degree rape. He was also charged with fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation and indecent liberties, as described by a press release by Washington’s attorney general.
Eleven women claim that Gallina subjected them to varying degrees of sexual misconduct including unwanted touching and inappropriate comments. The women even adopted a buddy system so that no one would risk being alone with the judge in his chambers.
The rape charge involves a woman who told investigators that she didn’t report Gallina’s alleged conduct because she feared she wouldn’t be believed. She did complain to Judge Gallina, who said he “could not help it because he liked beautiful women.”
And it gets creepier.
When Gallina called her to his chambers, she told police, he always locked the door. What typically followed were inappropriate comments, hugs and other unconsented to touching like shoulder rubs. The judge sometimes groped the woman under her clothing. Once he ripped her blouse when she refused to lift it up for him. Once he exposed her breasts and bit her. When he went so far as to take off his pants, she ran out of the room.
Then there was the time he crept up behind her, placed her in a choke hold, and penetrated her with his fingers through her underwear.
Supporting these allegations is a letter sent to the judge by another court employee and provided to investigators. She warned Gallina that he must “cease and desist from the kissing, groping and the lewd and lascivious gestures and comments.” The judge allegedly responded with a text that said: “I agree with you even though I don’t want to.”
The judge denies all of it.
Of course, this is much, much worse than anything Joe Biden has engaged in, but the same question nags at me. How can men in high positions still engage in such workplace conduct in 2019? What are they thinking? Are they thinking? Can they think? This is especially astounding conduct—yes, yes, alleged conduct—for a judge. Who does he think he is, a TV executive?
I think President Trump would really be pushing his luck if he tried nominating this guy for the Supreme Court.