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Illinois judge suspended for viewing porn sites

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CHICAGO -- A northern Illinois judge who regularly viewed pornographic websites on his courthouse computer has been suspended for 60 days without pay.

The Illinois Courts Commission ruled Friday that Will County Judge Joseph Polito must serve the suspension for what it called "highly inappropriate behavior."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) that the 69-year-old judge acknowledged in November that he was addicted to pornography and that he has sought professional help.

The commission found that Polito's actions did not affect the quality of his work but were an inexcusable waste of judicial time.

Polito's attorney, William Martin, says his client thinks the suspension is fair. It begins Feb. 16.

The Sun-Times reports that Polito is a former divorce court judge who now handles traffic and other minor cases.

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