Bush-Appointed Federal Judge Resigns After DUI Cross-Dressing Arrest

Via Pensito Review: U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Somma, 63, has resigned after pleading guilty to a D.U.I.

He was in his Mercedes and wearing a cocktail dress, fishnet stockings and high heels at the time of his arrest last week -- which was occasioned by his allegedly rear-ending a pick-up truck in Manchester, N.H. last week. His wife was out of town at the time of the incident.

The Boston Herald notes:

“He was serving a 14-year appointment. This will leave him without a pension.”

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    This is unfortunate, as it appears (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 12:29:38 AM EST
    the judge was well-respected as a bankruptcy judge.  Wonder who leaked the police report.

    and I didn't think it could get worse (none / 0) (#2)
    by NJDem on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 12:33:10 AM EST
    than the Craig/bathroom story...

    Unfortunate for him and his family, but I can't help but rejoice when the party of "family values" is seen for the hypocrites they are (I assume he's a conservative republican apologies if he's pro-choice/gay rights, etc.)

    I strongly disagree. (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 12:35:24 AM EST
    this is not good (none / 0) (#14)
    by Niekro35 on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 01:26:30 PM EST
    I know this guy, and he's certainly no right wing republican if he's a republican at all.  He spoke to me about his concern for the plight of the poor, especially in light of the new bankrupsty laws.  This is too bad.

    Ooooh (none / 0) (#4)
    by candymarl on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 01:26:27 AM EST
    The the outfit he was wearing, well, it sounds fabulous! I wonder if he gives fashion tips?

    The Police must be fashion forward ... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 04:03:24 AM EST
    since they were able to identify it as a "cocktail dress."

    Could have been a female police officer (none / 0) (#6)
    by ding7777 on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 05:31:23 AM EST
    writing the report

    the cross dressing (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jen M on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 05:43:16 AM EST
    is irrelevant

    The DUI, now thats bad.

    I thought police reports were available to journalists? Why would it need to be leaked? Our local paper has a section of local crimes.

    Cross dressing isn't illegal but (none / 0) (#8)
    by ding7777 on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 05:50:37 AM EST
    driving with a blood-alcohol level of .12 is.

    If this was a pre-planned outing, he knew he would be driving drunk, so why didn't he just get a hotel room and walk to the bar?

    and who cares my mom gets $660 / mo (none / 0) (#9)
    by seabos84 on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 08:33:11 AM EST
    in social security cuz she was a waitress for 40 years?

    (waitresses work in restaurants - places that are busy busy busy at lunch, dinner, weekends feeding people or they are out of business ... feeding people like ... judges and social security bureaucrats and legislators and their staffs)

    see, if you're a waitron, most of them don't make that much money! usually it is better than the wal-mart, but, few of them are making the 40 or 60 grand a year for 4 nights a week that a few trons at the best places can make.

    low earnings = doggie poo social security!

    I guess it makes sense - you just waited on people so they could relax after working, you didn't do anything important for society, like create memos and reports and presentations!

    (but, she can get food stamps if her net worth is less than $2000! oops! How did I forget that windfall?)

    I don't care a bit if one of the fascists' judges spends retirement eating outta cans of cat food...

    or, I care about them EXACTLY as much as they care about us.


    I hope that you undersand, (none / 0) (#13)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 01:22:48 PM EST
    evidently you do not, that Social Security pay outs are based on the amount paid into the system.

    There are any number of ways that the government could have invested your mother's payments, but they did not. The results are now what the results are.


    you obviously don't understand that rules (none / 0) (#16)
    by seabos84 on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 04:18:46 PM EST
    are made by rich scum to benefit rich scum, that is why working people get to work their whole lives for peanuts while rich scum live fat and easy!

    it is kind of confusing, isn't it?

    it is probably better to just be scared and vote for the fascists.



    it is only relevant to me if (none / 0) (#10)
    by hellothere on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 08:48:40 AM EST
    this judge is a right wing moral values repub! i don't care if he wants to cross dress either. the police do frown on driving and drinking however.

    Is/was he a good judge? (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 11:51:32 AM EST
    If he has a good and fair record as a judge, it seems silly to throw him off the bench for one  mistake.

    Judge Not Me (none / 0) (#15)
    by dras on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 02:34:28 PM EST
    At one time I was copying and pasting the lurid stories of these phony Republicans but I'm sorry to say that my folder had gotten so huge that I'll bet that I have more ideas for a whole hell of a lot of super triple X TV movies then Hollywood could ever make.
    The text alone would be enough to keep poorly written projects like Prison Break and Lost on the schedule for ten years.

    Judge Not (none / 0) (#17)
    by kcwells on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 09:25:54 PM EST
    Being a cross-dresser is neither immoral nor is illegal.

    In fact, I think it takes a real man to muster the courage to wear a dress.

    And suddenly coming out of a deep dark closet in such a public way will take all of his courage. Maybe it will ultimately be good for his soul and a blessing.

    However, driving drunk is really stupid, dangerous and illegal. I hope he gets help for his drinking problem.