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Judge Blames Lifelong Porn Viewing Addiction in Hearing to Keep Job

Will County Judge Joseph Polito told the Illinois Courts Commission Thursday that his habit did not affect his job or any judicial ruling he made.

Will County Judge Joseph Polito admitted to a nearly lifelong addiction to porn Thursday when addressing the Illiniois Courts Commission in an effort to keep his judicial position.

Polito, of Joliet, is quoted in an online Chicago Sun-Times story as being shamed by the revelation that he was viewing pornography on his computer while at work, but that it did not affect his performance as a judge.

The addiction began when he was a child, Polito said, and he is now receiving professional help, attends a Sexuality Anonymous support group twice weekly and hasn’t used porn in more than a year, according to the story.

“I used pornography as a crutch to deal with my feelings of inadequacy,” he told the commission. “For 60 years this was an inner conflict — I was ashamed, I didn’t feel good about it and tried to stop. The only way I knew to address it was in a confession with a priest.”

A decision is the case will be issued at a future date, the story said.

john bruno November 30, 2012 at 02:30 AM
What a joke the Illinois Courts Commission is.....He should have retired long ago.
rifle November 30, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Whether he watched porn or not is irrelevant to his performance as a judge.My understanding is that he had a very good judicial record. However,he should be disciplined for using the work computers and time during the business day.
Sue November 30, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Maybe he could have gotten through a few more cases if his mind was on his work and not on porn. How can he say it did not effect his performance as a judge. Who is he kidding? Any time that he should have been working and was not clearly effects job performance. Our court system is totally F'd up. Maybe he could have been thinking about how to make it better and implementing changes to the system if his mind was not otherwise occupied.
charlies angel November 30, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Creepy things going on under the judges robe
Time Is Money November 30, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Give him a break bring in the special prosecutor and get this thing dismissed there's no since in jeopardizing his pension because he watches a Lil porn probably clears his mind get serious try some real cases
Christine November 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
This is an issue of morality. Yes, the judge is a flawed person, but do we not hold them to a higher standard of behavior due to the elevated position they hold? He needs to get his head screwed on straight and stop wasting time at work.
John Roberts November 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Everyone wants to persecute this judge ...but the ones persecuting are the first ones to spin their heads when some chick flashes her tits, It's T&A....what the hell he is a man..we are all humans..nothing to be ashamed of..unless you have sheltered your life to the point where you think certain people don't do that...well your Fing wrong...from your kids,to teens to full grown adults...I don't know what the big deal is...Now checking out some beastiality now that's some sick stuff but just checking out women who gives a shit...Certain people do certain things is bull..that's living a stereotypical life....We can label each other all we want,call each other what ever and even put people in positions above other humans....but in the end that's all we were is human.
Sheila Raddatz November 30, 2012 at 01:32 PM
This sickens me. Hold yourself accountable and don't point your fingers at an addiction, you are supposed to be a role model. Porn or not, you are a judge and you broke a rule of visiting certain sites on "company" time. Plain and simple.
Agrippina Minor November 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
He's being judged -- appropriately -- because he's made his living for the last 60 years by passing judgements on us. If he was an editor at Hustler no one would care that he watches porn all day.
Lori C November 30, 2012 at 02:31 PM
This is a REAL problem if he has ever sat on Family Court or Domestic Violence cases. He obviously has no respect for women and you can't tell me that doesn't influence his "judgement"...or lack there of.
Ron November 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
What's the problem? Perhaps you can present your evidence showing the judge has 'no respect for women' to support your claims? Not all adult material has women in them. But you probably have no problem with a person watching violent movies I would assume? Your baseless assumptions are obviously out of line.
Lori C November 30, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Ron, it looks like the Acting Chief Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt think similar to what my comment as well. Since he decided to go ahead with the temporary reassignment for Polito after learning the detailed the tastes in porn of "someone" using the judge’s computer. Schoenstedt told the Sun-Times that issues of gender are often crucial in divorce court cases, and given the information, Polito would be better off working from the branch courts and hearing misdemeanor, building code enforcement and mental health cases.
Lori C November 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
"Polito’s county computer account was used to access 243 porn Web sites, the Sun-Times reported. Among them were chubbyparade.com, hugeheavybreasts.com, bigbras-club.com, portofdebauchery.com and teenagesextape.com, the newspaper reported." So Ron, I'm basing it on a Sun-Times news article...is that enough "in line" for you?
Lisa S. November 30, 2012 at 08:38 PM
What he does at home on his own time is his business as long as it is porn featuring legal adults of any gender. However, he was also doing it on the time of the taxpaying public on a computer that was the property of his employer. That is the issue.
John Roberts December 01, 2012 at 01:17 PM
This is why the saying goes..." Let he who casts the first stone be judged " This is because the people judging you,others usually is also doing something he/she is not supposed to be doing....Even judges...how many judges does tha make Will county busted them judges doing something their not supposed to from porn to rigging cases...
Cedgar December 02, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Agrippina - good point. Lori Sparkles - you still haven't shown how he has no respect for women. Lisa S. - I completely agree.
Kk b December 03, 2012 at 04:42 AM
He is a family law judge - screwed up in my divorce case
Felipe Franchini January 07, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Lory thanks for the details, only the sick will agree he did no wrong, corruption is a common problem in illinois courts and legal system, some one needs to mention what he's boss thinks about this.
Felipe Franchini January 07, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Some oter Judge got busted before spanking the monkey while hearing a case. who knows if Polito was doing the same.
Susan Shoger February 03, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Is this a joke that he states it does not affect his rulings? He is judging people who are many times out of control yet cannot control himself? And he is indulging his addiction in the courthouse? It is not a matter of him respecting women. It is a matter of him respecting his position, the courthouse and his total inability or lack of restraint. Really does not matter, however. His punishment will be a lifelong salary when they ask him to resign and then he will have many hours and money to engage in that activity. OR-he will just continue on after the shit blows over.

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