DIPSHIDIOT OF THE DAY DC JUDGE TRUMAN MORRISON

DIPSHIDIOT OF THE DAY DC JUDGE TRUMAN MORRISON
Former Judge Truman A. Morrison III

D.C. Superior Court judge stepped down after questions about sexual assault allegation

DIPSHIDIOT OF THE DAY DC JUDGE TRUMAN MORRISON

A prominent D.C. Superior Court judge acclaimed as a criminal justice reformer during his 40 years on the bench retired earlier this year, days after receiving questions from The Washington Post about an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.

Judge Truman A. Morrison III admitted “sexual touching” of the teenager that was “totally inappropriate” and “wrongheaded” but said: “I certainly did not think that I ever forced myself on her.”

A seven-part Post investigative podcast launched Thursday chronicles how the allegation came to light. The catalyst was the publication of a Post story in January 2019 that focused on a young woman’s quest for justice after she was sexually assaulted by a stranger while jogging in her Northwest Washington neighborhood. The man — a local chef — later admitted to attacking her and five other women. Morrison sentenced him to 10 days in jail, served in two-day weekend stints.

Weeks after that story was published, a woman in Birmingham, Ala., wrote to a Post reporter that she had sensitive information pertinent to the previously published article. Eventually, the woman, Carole Griffin, put her account on the record.

“Canary: The Washington Post Investigates,” is a podcast that follows the intertwining stories of two women who came together after one of them publicly shared her story of sexual assault. The Post’s first long-form investigative podcast chronicles what it takes for survivors to step forward.

HE STEPPED DOWN IMMEDIATELY

Morrison, 76, stepped down from his senior status role at D.C. Superior Court in March, three days after receiving The Post’s inquiry about the allegations against him. At the time, he was the court’s second-longest-serving judge.

The court’s chief judge, Robert E. Morin, declined to comment through a spokeswoman. Both the court and the D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure declined to provide Morrison’s retirement letter.

DAWG SAYS: THIS GUY WILL JUST SLIP INO A COMFORTABLE RETIREMENT HE WAS PROBABLY ALREADY PLANNING.


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