State Supreme Court To Decide Judge Suspension After On The Job Affair

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- The State Supreme Court is set to hear the case of a western Massachusetts judge who was having an affair at the courthouse.

Judge Thomas Estes admits to having an extramarital affair with a clinical social worker, Tammy Cagle, who was at Belchertown District Court.

On Tuesday, the state supreme court will hear arguments about whether the Estes should be suspended.

Leonard Kesten, the attorney who represents the social worker, tells WBZ Newsradio1030’s Carl Stevens, that his client was the victim of sexual harassment.

“When the same place of powerful men using their position to obtain sexual favors from their employees in a less powerful place that conduct needs to stop,” Leonard said.

The commission on judicial conduct is asking the SJC to suspend the judge indefinitely without pay. The attorney for Estes says he's a good judge who made a bad mistake.

While the court could suspend him, only the governor and legislature can permanently remove a judge from the bench.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Carl Stevens Reports

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