A Rhode Island judge accused of sexual harassment and judicial misconduct has been granted more time to respond to a recommendation that he be removed from the bench.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Thursday gave District Court Judge Rafael Ovalles 20 days from Aug. 9 to file an objection to the recommendation and another 30 days to prepare legal arguments.
A court commission found on Aug. 9 that Ovalles committed 41 conduct violations and should be removed from the bench. The Providence Journal reports the recommendation came after a hearing where witnesses testified Ovalles degraded women, mistreated court staff, lawyers and the public, and slept on the job.
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Ovalles has denied the allegations.
The judge has been relieved from his duties with pay since December 2015.