Canadian judge who wore a Trump hat in court suspended 30 days without pay
A Canadian judge who wore a hat in court with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” has been suspended without pay.
The Ontario Judicial Council said on Tuesday that the conduct of Justice Bernd Zabel warrants the most serious reprimand possible short of removing him from the bench.
The council said the hat incident was an “inexplicable act of judicial misconduct” from an otherwise respected judge.
Zabel will be suspended for 30 days. He has not been assigned cases since January.
Zabel at his hearing last month that he meant to lighten the mood by wearing the Trump cap when he walked into the court on November 9, 2016, the day after Trump won the US election.
Zabel’s action prompted 81 complaints.