Labor Law Guy

From $84,869 a Year to Busted Over Courtroom Sex

Posted in Random Musings by laborlawguy on March 3, 2009

I haven’t been to any “Darwin Award” sites lately, but this guy qualifies for some sort of stupidity award.

Chelsea District Court (Massachusetts) Assistant Clerk James Burke (if he gets nearly $85,000 a year as an assistant, what does a full clerk make?) has been arrested for having sex in a courtroom.

Now that sounds stupid enough, right? But catch this–the sex was with a woman in the courthouse jail on prostitution charges, whom he promised to help in return for sexual favors.

After an initial (oral) joust in an empty courtroom–“it was late in the day and the only judge left was not going to go downstairs”–Burke continued his offers of help in exchange for sex, but the woman had already turned state’s evidence against him. Actually, call it “fed’s evidence” since she contacted the FBI, and Burke was arrested after some recorded conversations sealed the deal for the feds. Burke has been charged with obstructing the woman’s constitutional rights.

Actually, Burke is the second public official to be snared by the woman. In 2004, a COP forced her into sex as well.

I dunno, but $85K a year seems to be an awful lot to lose over a few minutes of oral sex, either in good times (pre-2008)  or bad (now). Couple that with probable jail time, and you’re talking major-league Darwin Award winner here.

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  1. Heather Womack said, on March 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    The things people do. People will never stop to amaze us.

    Everyone in Massachusetts is over paid anyways but your right who would be stupid enough to give a job up like that over some oral sex. Some vices I guess are to hard to over come.

  2. Andrew Marloe said, on March 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    If this guy got caught just imagine how many people are getting away with this all the time. Do you want to see my gavel?

  3. laborlawguy said, on March 10, 2009 at 7:48 am

    He didn’t actually get caught. The woman ratted him out and then wore a hidden mic so the guy could indict himself.


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