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He says he makes hundreds of stand-up comedy appearances a year, including on stage, on network television, as a warm-up for Comedy Central audiences and in film. He’s a member of the Screen Actors Guild and other professional performers unions.

The committee cites rules that judges may hold outside positions including gigs as musicians, as long as they don’t get paid or play at casinos, political events or in scenarios that could present a conflict of interest. They also cite a prior ruling that determined “a municipal court judge may not appear in a TV commercial for Shredded Wheat.”

Sicari argues in his appeal that he takes both his entertainment and his legal job seriously.

“This issue is about a person who affects lives in many ways in two distinct identities,” he said in a court filing.