The Journal-Gazette's Rebecca Greene reports that "[o]ther than a few head shakes and dropped jaws, no one said anything or noticeably reacted to Levine's comments." That had all changed, however, by Monday morning when the court's chief judge, Judge Wendy Davis, began fielding complaints from people throughout the courthouse building. Judge Levine must have picked up on the bad vibes because he quickly released an apology for his "extremely tasteless" comments:
First of all, I wanted to state that I have made a sincere and heartfelt apology to the woman about whom I made inappropriate remarks by talking to her personally, and she has accepted my apology,” he said Wednesday. “I have also apologized to the judges that I have talked with, and I apologize … anyone else who heard what I said; and also to the public.
I have always conducted my private and public life without demeaning or mistreating any women with whom I worked or employed or interacted in any manner. Therefore, with the benefit of hindsight, it is hard to believe what came out of my mouth, but it did,” he said.
What I quite mistakenly meant to be humorous was in truth extremely tasteless. I am, to say the least, deeply troubled by what I said, and I deeply regret having said it. No one in this world is perfect, least of all me. Since that is abundantly clear, I am truly sorry.The Allen Co. Board of judges sent out an e-mail to all court staff on Wednesday agreeing that Levine's comments were inappropriate and reminded court staff of their policies against sexual harassment and procedures for reporting and investigating such complaints. The report says it is unclear whether Judge Levine will face disciplinary action by the Supreme Court. Complaints and allegations made to the Judicial Qualifications Commission are not made public. Unless public disciplinary action is taken against Judge Levine in the future, the public would never know if the Supreme Court had considered the matter.