“Angry” Judge Featured on YouTube Gets Suspended

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What does a Rutgers basketball coach have in common with a West Virginia Judge?  Both men have an angry style that looks horrible on YouTube and both lost their jobs because of it.

Putnam County Circuit Court Family Law Judge William M. Watkins III’s angry rants have been viewed on YouTube more than 200,000 times. Like the coach, the video revealed behavior that cost him his job.

Lawyers and judges are learning the hard way that in the social media age, bad behavior can come back to haunt them.  Judge Watkins didn’t get off as easy as the Rutgers coach.  The Judge was suspended without pay for the remaining four years of his term.  He’s still a judge and therefore can’t make a living practicing law.

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