Can Judge Have Comedy Career? Court to Rule
Vince Sicari has appeared on reality TV
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 25, 2013 3:25 PM CST
A judge is facing a decision over his comedy career.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Municipal Judge Vince Sicari has seen success in a very different field: As a comedian and actor, he's primed audiences for Stephen Colbert and appeared on ABC's What Would You Do? But tomorrow, things could change, compliments of the state Supreme Court. That's because New Jersey state ethics officials ruled in 2008 that the two jobs don't mix and recommended he lose the acting gig. Though that ruling wasn't binding, they re-affirmed it in 2010, leading Sicari to worry he could find himself "in trouble down the road," as the Record reports.

Ethics officials worry that Sicari's roles, performed under the name Vince August, could make defendants doubt his impartiality. Sicari has, for instance, played a racist security guard and a homophobic bar patron on What Would You Do? But an attorney who has argued before him says he's "very professional on the bench" as he deals with misdemeanors and parking tickets. "I never got the impression that he was a stand-up comic," the lawyer says. Meanwhile, Sicari's own lawyer says he draws a firm line between his two jobs: Sicari won't even do lawyer jokes.

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Feb 25, 2013 5:56 PM CST
Sometimes he would accidentally confuse his roles like in this bit he did on stage. Judge: knock knock Audience: who's there? Judge: it's Barry Horton from 875 Pinecrest Drive, I'm gonna hit you in the head and steal your wallet.
Feb 25, 2013 4:35 PM CST
Won't even do lawyer jokes.... Is that some sort of joke? what is that supposed to mean and what does that have to do with being impartial?
Feb 25, 2013 3:57 PM CST
Hell, the whole Judicial System in America is a joke he fits in just fine