Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Magistrate reprimanded for kissing clerk

Here is a quiz for my students, from the pages of today's Legal Profession blog:

At the conclusion of a session of bond court, respondent kissed the clerk who had been working with him on the forehead. Respondent contends that the kiss was a gesture of appreciation for the clerk's hard work and that he in no way intended it to be an amorous gesture. However, respondent recognizes the clerk was offended by the gesture. The magistrate resigned when the clerk complained to the Chief Magistrate and was reprimanded by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Is he subject to liability for battery?