NJ Judge Who Said Men ‘Are In Control’ Called His Comments ‘Well-Meaning But Misguided’

Brister told a domestic violence suspect that "at best" you treat women "as if you're holding a feather just to let them know you're the man"

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What to Know

  • A NJ judge facing discipline after suggesting to a defendant that men "are in control" has acknowledged that the remarks were inappropriate
  • Municipal Court Judge Steven Brister's response published Monday called the comments "well-meaning but misguided"
  • Brister told a domestic violence suspect that "at best" you treat women "as if you're holding a feather ... let them know you're the man"

A New Jersey judge facing discipline after suggesting to a defendant that men "are in control" has acknowledged that the remarks were inappropriate.

Municipal Court Judge Steven Brister's response published Monday called the comments "well-meaning but misguided."

Brister addressed a defendant facing domestic violence charges in February, telling him you can't go at women like "Mike Tyson," and "at best," you treat women "as if you're holding a feather, just to let them know you're the man and you're in control."

A state judicial conduct advisory committee posted a complaint in October alleging the comments violated conduct rules, were disparaging to women and could create the perception of bias.

Brister sits in East Orange part-time and is an acting judge in Newark. His response Monday said he has recently completed several ethics courses.

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