No Joke! New Jersey Judge Resigns After Court's Decision to Not Let Him Perform Stand Up
Vince Sicari, part-time New Jersey Municipal Judge, has resigned after being told by the State Supreme Court that he can't perform as a stand-up comedian on his off hours.
Vince Sicari tells The Associated Press, "I'm not surprised by the result, but I'm very disappointed . . . I take great pride in being a judge and to give that up is disappointing."
The Supreme Court ruled Sicari acting and comedy career "is incompatible" with judicial conduct codes. The 44-year-old "joking judge" has appeared on network television shows and New York City comedy clubs.
He told CBS This Morning, "That's a character I was playing on TV. If I was in 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' would you think I was a pirate?"
Still, he was comfortable resigning. According to the Associated Press, "the court noted in its opinion that Sicari's comedy act demeans some people based on religion or national origin and that that could cause some to question his impartiality as a judge."