Contrition is Good for the Soul

The cynical art of the “fauxpology” has entered the sacred precincts of the law.   Highly respected Judge Alex Kozinski of the prestigious Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was accused late last year by several former female clerks and interns of improper behavior that included unwanted touching and fondling.  Kozinski at first denied the allegations, but soon resigned his judgeship and issued this “apology”: “It grieves me to learn that I have caused any of my clerks to feel uncomfortable; this was never my intent. For this I sincerely apologize.” Apologizing for causing  someone  to “ feel uncomfortable” when the behavior complained of is a physical sexual assault  qualifies as a good example of what is known as a “fauxpology”– a disingenuous statement in the form of an apology which implicitly  denies the improper behavior took place. I think a comment  judge Kozinski made…

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