NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A New Jersey judge will have to put his moonlighting career as an actor and comedian on hold, the state Supreme Court ruled.
In a unanimous 7-0 decision posted Thursday, the justices wrote that Vince Sicari’s acting and comedy career “is incompatible with the Code of Judicial Conduct” and ordered that he not continue to serve as municipal court judge if he pursues that outside work.
The 44-year-old, whose stage name is Vince August, has carved out a career as a stand-up comic and actor, appearing on network television, in New York City comedy clubs and as a warm-up for Comedy Central audiences.
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He’s also a part-time municipal judge in South Hackensack, where he handles things like traffic ticket cases and disorderly persons offenses.
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A state ethics board recommended in 2008 that Sicari quit his comedy work. It had expressed concern over Sicari’s character depictions on a reality show and the potential content of his sketches.
Sicari appealed the ruling to the state’s highest court, which heard arguments in February.
“If he chooses to continue his career as a comedian then, of course, my understanding of the ruling by the supreme court is that he would have to abandon any action as judge,” town attorney David Nasta told WCBS 880′s Levon Putney.
Sicari’s attorney, E. Drew Britcher, insisted at the time that his client never cracked wise on the bench and never let on that he moonlighted as a comic. In his comedy routine, Britcher added, Sicari refrained from jokes about the legal profession and never divulged his other job as a judge.
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Source: CBS local New York