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N.J. Judge Resigns After Court Makes Him Choose Between Comedian Job

Vincent August Sicari chose his acting and stand-up comedy career over his part-time job as a municipal court judge in South Hackensack on Thursday after the state Supreme Court ruled that he could not continue to do both.
September 20, 2013
 

Vincent August Sicari chose his acting and stand-up comedy career over his part-time job as a municipal court judge in South Hackensack on Thursday after the state Supreme Court ruled that he could not continue to do both.

Sicari said he was prepared for the court to reject an appeal he filed earlier this year of judicial advisory committee decisions issued years before, adding that he believes he was treated fairly. He tendered his resignation on Thursday afternoon, he said, rather than give up on a 16-year entertainment career that includes television appearances and performances at comedy clubs.

“You don’t give up on a dream,” said Sicari, 44, who lives with his fiancée in River Edge and uses the stage name Vince August.

The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Sicari’s entertainment career is not compatible with the state’s code of judicial conduct, rejecting his appeal of judicial advisory committee opinions issued in 2008, when he first became a municipal judge, and 2010.

The Supreme Court said some of Sicari’s comedy routines — which include self-deprecating jokes about his Italian-American and Catholic background along with personal observations on religion, politics and sex — might create an impression that he would not be an impartial judge.

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