'Joking judge' resigns in NJ after losing ruling

DAVID PORTER
Associated Press
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FILE - Vince A. Sicari, a South Hackensack, N.J., Municipal Judge, performs at Carolines on Broadway comedy clubin New York. taken in New York. New Jersey's Supreme Court on Thursday, Sept.19, 2013, ordered Sicari, a part-time municipal judge, to step down from the bench if he wants to continue moonlighting as a comedian and actor. Sicari said in an email that he would respond to the decision later Thursday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey municipal judge who has been told by the state Supreme Court he can't also be a stand-up comedian in his off hours has resigned from the bench.

Vince Sicari tells The Associated Press he tendered his resignation Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court ruled Sicari acting and comedy career "is incompatible" with judicial conduct codes. Appearing as Vince August, the 44-year-old has appeared on network television shows and New York City comedy clubs.

The court noted in its opinion that Sicari's comedy act demeans some people based on religion or national origin and that that could cause some to question his impartiality as a judge.