This week's Pitch feature story details how a simple divorce case muddied the reputation of Johnson County District Court Judge Kevin P. Moriarty.
Moriarty had been assigned as a mediator in the divorce of Kevin and Kimberly Ireland, filed in 2007. After the mediation, Kimberly (who was an attorney at the time) accused the judge of masturbating behind the bench, discussing her sex life and her panties. She has since retracted her accusations and issued an apology, blaming her actions on stress caused by her divorce. Because come on, who hasn't been so stressed out that they had hallucinations of masturbating judges?
Moriarty wrote a letter to the Kansas Commission of Judicial Qualifications, defending himself against Kimberly's claims. That letter is marked "Confidential," but was made public when Kimberly included it as an exhibit in a petition she filed in the Kansas Court of Appeals.
We've posted Moriarty's entire letter here.