- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge has been suspended for a month without pay after he was accused of pulling a court employee by the ear and unwelcome touching.

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former Mercer County Presiding Judge Gerald Council will be suspended from Dec. 7 through Jan. 7.

Council said at a disciplinary hearing Wednesday that he was embarrassed and failed the judiciary system.

A state disciplinary committee says that he humiliated a former drug court worker by singling her out at a social event in 2012 and forcefully leading her out of a room. The judge also grabbed her by the ear on a separate occasion and walked her out of a courtroom in front of colleagues at a meeting.

The report said touching “undeniably diminishes the stature and integrity” of the judicial office.

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