Nebraska judge stops his blog; staff said it was an “embarrassment”

OMAHA, Neb. —Nebraska U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf writes he will end his online blog after being told a “great majority” of the court staff viewed it as an embarrassment.

Kopf has contributed regularly to his blog, titled “Hercules and the Umpire” since February 2013, offering his views on politics, courts, current events, personal concerns.

But in a post on July 9th, Kopf writes that the blog will shut-down in mid-July.

Kopf writes he is not pulling the blog because he wrote Republican Senator Ted Cruz was unfit to be president.

Kopf later apologized for the post, amid questions that it violated the federal Code of Conduct.

“No one in authority has suggested that I stop blogging because of errors or omissions I have made in previous blog posts,” wrote Kopf.

Kopf writes no one had asked him to stop blogging, including the Chief U.S. District Judge for Nebraska Laurie Smith Camp

Instead, Kopf says he’ll end the posts, because of the views of the court staff, offered at a recent retreat.

Kopf says Chief Judge Smith Camp asked attendees if they felt “Hercules and the Umpire” had become an embarrassment to the court.

“The great majority raised their hands,” wrote Kopf.

Kopf said he reached his decision to end the blog after Smith Camp shared the moment with him.

“If I have lost the confidence of our employees through publishing the blog, then I have harmed the Court. I cannot tolerate that thought, and I have therefore decided to pull the plug. My decision is irrevocable,” wrote Kopf.


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