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Comedy or contempt of court?
Comedy or contempt of court? - (Thinkstock, modified by Joe Ross)

But he isn't allowed to tell you about it, at least not from a stage or for money, according to a recent ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

One of the things I learned at Temple Law was that the ethical burden placed on judges is greater than that placed on attorneys, for reasons I suspect are obvious enough. Another thing I learned in law school is that many of the judges whose opinions made it into casebooks were not widely known for their senses of humor.

Vincent August Sicari was a municipal court judge in South Hackensack until he resigned on Thursday to continue pursuing his show-biz dream.

The Record reports Sicari expects his parents to be disappointed by his choice. The decision by the state Supreme Court that his comedic roles as various discriminatory characters may be misconstrued seems, well, misguided.

Those characters were focused on satirizing the discrimination and bigotry they illustrated. If anything, someone willing to skewer such viewpoints might be construed as less likely to show bias.

The important thing is that there is clarity on the court's position, something that is always good for attorneys. And Sicari gets to continue living the dream, even if his parents wish he'd live

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