A Utah judge is being accused of using a pseudonym to protect his own political agenda during the state’s highest court, a judicial retention utaha.
Joshua A. Turek was the highest-ranking Utah judge in the state at the time of the case, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
He has since been replaced.
Turek said he never wanted to be a public figure, but the state Legislature passed a law in 2012 that barred judges from using their own name for public posts.
He said the law is a way for judges to avoid conflicts of interest.
“The Legislature passed the law because they were worried that judges might use their official names for political purposes, and I think that’s the most dangerous thing about this,” he said.
“We’re a republic, and if you’re going to use your official name, you better be 100 percent truthful and trustworthy.”
Tureky, a Republican, has been on the Utah Supreme Court since 2010.
He was appointed to the bench by Republican Gov.
Gary Herbert in 2014.
Tuck said he had not been contacted by any members of Tureky’s staff about the case.
The Tribune reports that Tureyk is a retired state employee and former police officer who was a judge at the Utah County Juvenile Detention Center in Provo.
The Utah Supreme Courts had previously said it was concerned about Tureks “private life.”TUREK, who served on the Juvenile Court of Utah from 2011 to 2014, was a member of the Juveniles Court of Appeals, and he was on the Supreme Court of the Utah State Supreme Court.
He retired from the Utah Courts of Appeals in 2013.TUREKS court record does not show any disciplinary or disciplinary problems.
The Tribune reports he received a commendation from the state bar in 2012 for his service.