Three years later, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the 9th Circuit, making him the youngest federal appellate judge in the country. Still, Kozinski enjoys a sterling reputation as an eloquent opinion writer and a titan on the bench even while his off-the-bench eccentricities run the gamut.Kozinski was born in Romania to Holocaust survivors and came to America when he was 12. C., federal court administrators in a battle over Web filters they installed to block porn from government computers. It was the subject of a recent Supreme Court case, Chamber of Commerce v.Whiting (a rare loss for the Chamber, which fares well at SCOTUS).
Kozinski asked Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to assign the inquiry to a panel of judges outside the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction of nine western states.
The computerized cache included a picture of two nude women on all fours painted to look like Holstein dairy cows, images of masturbation, a video of a man being pursued by a sexually aroused donkey and a slide show featuring a striptease with a transsexual.
"If you found this kind of thing in your kid's bedroom you would wash your kid's mouth out with soap.
‘The cat is out of the bag’ Federal rules say judges should "act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary." But does material on a judge's personal Web site cross that line?
"Even if it is private, the problem for him is the cat is out of the bag," said Tom Fitton, president of conservative Judicial Watch.