Total Drag: Bush Judge Appointee Resigns After DUI Arrest While Cross Dressing

That I find this story so hilarious probably says more about me than the cross-dressing federal judge in question, but as they say these days, it is what it is. The punch line is probably the best part.

[Federal Judge Robert] Somma worked in private practice for years in Boston before he was appointed to the bench by President Bush in December 2004.

Yes, the fact that Bush appointed him as a federal bankruptcy judge does crack me up, but let’s start at the beginning.

Somma’s Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan hit a pick-up truck from behind about 11:29 p.m. on Feb. 6, the police report said. No one was hurt.

Somma, who lives in Newbury, Mass., fumbled in his purse for his driver’s license before handing it to the officer who later arrested him, the police report shows.

“He had a difficult time locating his license in his purse. He passed over it multiple times before removing it,” officer Paul J. Thompson wrote in his report.

The officer offered no other details with regard to the judge’s attire or accessories. Nor would representatives of the Manchester Police Department or the city solicitor’s office, which worked out the negotiated plea agreement with Somma’s lawyer…

But lots of other people did offer those details, of which Audrey Hepburn would have been proud.

When authorities removed him from the vehicle, they said he wore a black women’s cocktail dress, fishnet stockings and high heels.

But in his mug shot, the judge appears to be wearing blue eye shadow. Way to wreck a really chic look, Robert.

And where, you might ask, was the judge going that night dressed that way?

Somma told police he had been at the Breezeway Pub where he had one gin and tonic about two hours earlier, the police report reveals. He later said he drank two gin and tonics.

The Breezeway Pub, at 14 Pearl St., bills itself as “New Hampshire’s favorite gay and alternative bar,” according to its web site.

The arresting officer reported Somma smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and fell backwards against the door frame while getting out of his car.

The Boston-based judge chose the bar in question, according to local rumor, because his wife, Wendy, was out of town and no one knew him in New Hampshire. Sounds like Wendy is pretty cool, though.

“I suspect that he will not be interested in talking to anyone from the newspaper, and I’m his wife,” said a woman who answered the telephone at the judge’s home yesterday. She referred media calls to Gary H. Wente, chief administrative officer for the First Circuit Courts.

Somma showed his sense of style to the end. He phoned in his resignation from a vacation spot in the Caribbean. If I were him, I think I’d just stay there.

71 Responses »

  1. c February 18, 2008 @ 11:20 am

    HEY this shows you just how much sense our fine leader is i want to call him rogue for he just stole both elections! LOOK at what a FINE CHARACTER JUDGE he is! Just shows you that all bush is wanting is YES MEN to do his bidding si that HE CAN RIP US A NEW ASSHOLE —AGAIN! and AGAIN!!!!!

  2. nikolai February 18, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

    Wow! Republicans are certainly a suppressed, sneaky, perverted lot! They never cease to amaze me with their shenagigans. Maybe that website I visited that said bu$h senior had multiple underage male sex slaves(that he had murdered) wasn’t far off the mark…

  3. nikolai February 18, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    P.S. The republicans get upset in saying that the “liberals” are too mean and nasty in the things they say about “dubya” and the things they accuse of him and the republican party. You can’t make this stuff up! The “liberals” don’t HAVE to say or accuse bu$h and or the repubs of ANYTHING; they do it THEMSELVES, either publicly or they get BUSTED like judge Somma, and we get a peek at the sick $hit they do in private. I can’t even IMAGINE the scary crap they’ve pulled that ONLY THEY know about.

  4. […] Pensito Review is all over this one, so I’m just going to refer you over there. This guy is a bankruptcy judge over on the first circuit in Boston. Yes, it was a male judge, Robert Somma, who was arrested on the DUI charge, wearing a plack cocktail dress and fishnet stockings. Evidently he had stopped off at a local gay bar (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and had one or two too many. […]

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  6. 2L February 18, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

    Many of you are missing something. Being appointed by Bush does not make you a Republican.

  7. Belgrave Ninnis February 18, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

    Hmmm, can anyone tell me how to distinguish a black women’s cocktail dress, from a white women’s?

    BTW, 2L, you can’t HONESTLY believe that he (Bush) would do otherwise, can you?

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  9. Just another Cross Dresser February 18, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

    Just because he wears a dress doesn’t make him bad.. Too bad he resigned. Now that he’s been outed he could have been himself.. Just think of him sitting on the bench in his robes wearing fishnets and F__k Me heels…

    Judging from his wifes coments she has know about his “hobby” for years… My wife knows and doesn’t care because where it counts I’m a great husband…

  10. james February 18, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

    This is the kind of guy who determines whether financially strapped middle class people get to declare chapter 7 bankruptcy while Bush’s friends walk off with shopping bags full of money.

    It would be interesting to see the ties of the people who he’s named as trustees in his court and how they’ve made out thanks to his patronage.

  11. DaveK February 18, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

    For what it’s worth, this judge appears to be a Democratic donor:

    http://newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=MA&last=somma&first=robert

  12. DominickJ. February 18, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

    Another GOP Rethug caught in the act!
    These moral creeps are disgusting. All the while they are keeping Gays from their “rights,” they are out there doing all the things they condem us for, stopping us from attaining those rights all the while enjoying heterosexual rights as well as (some) Gays behavior!!
    Hypocrits!!
    The Gay population should castrate them and cast them out as should the “straight?” population.

    Dominick

  13. Lee February 18, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

    As fun as it is to make fun of Republicans (seriously!), bankruptcy judges are appointed to a 14 year term by the Circuit Court of Appeals for the circuit in which the bankruptcy judge sits, not by the President, who appoints District, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court judges.

  14. DominickJ. February 18, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

    Lee maybe you ought to tell Bush what you wrote he just night not know all that you have written here :O)

    “Federal Judge Robert] Somma worked in private practice for years in Boston before he was appointed to the bench by President Bush in December 2004″

  15. clone12 February 18, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

    Bob Somma of Newbury MA also gave $200 to Mitt Romney.

    [link]

  16. […] For more information vist the Manchester Union Leader or The Pensito Review. […]

  17. Alvin K February 19, 2008 @ 1:32 am

    Say what you will, but there’s nothing more versatile than a black cocktail dress.

  18. White Male, Jew of Liberal Fascism February 19, 2008 @ 8:25 am

    Another new inductee into the Closeted Conservative C——-ers Hall of Fame!

    J. Edgar Hoover
    Roy Cohn
    Senator Larry “Widestance” Craig
    Rev. Ted Haggard
    Rep. Mark Foley
    Rep. Bob Allen

  19. Jingles February 19, 2008 @ 8:37 am

    The Whitehouse pressnut–Jeff Gagnon. W.H. logs state that he visted over 21 weekends and overnites. His Web page–Military fag escourt charges $5,000+ per week end.
    Now you know why liebermann dresses nice in woman’s clothes for Bush’it.Notice Bush’s walk–like he’s had it up his @ss in A.M.

  20. mATT February 19, 2008 @ 11:03 am

    Sorry to spoil the party, but he was not appointed by Bush. Bankruptcy judges are not Article III judges and are not appointed by the President. They are appointed by the judges of the US District Court.

  21. Paul Wrath February 19, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    The President does not appoint bankruptcy judges, see Article III of the U.S. Constitution.

    The author of this article should make a retraction based on journalistic ethics. This is sloppy, biased “yellow” journalism.

  22. JustTheFacts February 19, 2008 @ 11:20 am

    Although the story implies the judge favors Republicans, it seems his preference runs to the far, wacky left of the democrat party. Newsmeat.com has his contributions listed (http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=MA&last=somma&first=robert).
    As I suspected, those castigating him (from the far, wacky left) do so reflexively and without accurate information. Very typical of their standard operating procedure.

  23. JustTheFacts February 19, 2008 @ 11:20 am

    Although the story implies the judge favors Republicans, it seems his preference runs to the far, wacky left of the democrat party. Newsmeat.com has his contributions listed (http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=MA&last=somma&first=robert).

    As I suspected, those castigating him (from the far, wacky left) do so reflexively and without accurate information. Very typical of their standard operating procedure.

  24. Trish February 19, 2008 @ 11:50 am

    Actually Paul Wrath, I put more time into making sure the judge was appointed by Bush, and to what position, than anything else. You can read the press release issued on Feb. 15 by the U.S. Courts for the First Circuit, titled “Bankruptcy Judge Robert Somma to Resign” here:

    http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/

  25. Marion February 19, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

    This song keeps playing in my head…

    “Another One Bites The Dust”
    by Queen

    Steve walks warily down the street,
    with the brim pulled way down low
    Ain’t no sound but the sound of his feet,
    machine guns ready to go
    Are you ready, Are you ready for this
    Are you hanging on the edge of your seat
    Out of the doorway the bullets rip
    To the sound of the beat

    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, I’m gonna get you too
    Another one bites the dust

    How do you think I’m going to get along,
    without you, when you’re gone
    You took me for everything that I had,
    and kicked me out on my own

    Are you happy, are you satisfied
    How long can you stand the heat
    Out of the doorway the bullets rip
    To the sound of the beat

    Chorus

    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    There are plenty of ways you can hurt a man
    And bring him to the ground
    You can beat him
    You can cheat him
    You can treat him bad and leave him
    When he’s down
    But I’m ready, yes I’m ready for you
    I’m standing on my own two feet
    Out of the doorway the bullets rip
    repeating the sound of the beat

  26. horsemom February 19, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

    Actually, the press release you cited does not mention President Bush. Here is the text:

    “PRESS RELEASE
    BANKRUPTCY JUDGE ROBERT SOMMA
    TO RESIGN
    BOSTON (February 15, 2008) — Gary Wente, Circuit Executive of the First Circuit, announced today that Judge Robert Somma, Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Massachusetts, has tendered his resignation, effective April 1, 2008. Until that time, Judge Somma will remain on leave. Mr. Wente stated that Judge Somma has rendered excellent service as a bankruptcy judge since his appointment in 2004.
    For further information, please contact Circuit Executive, Gary Wente, 617-748-9613 or
    Deputy Circuit Executive, Susan Goldberg, 617-748-9614.”

  27. Paul Wrath February 19, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    Miss Trish,

    I’m not sure what you are implying, I read the press release.

    Perhaps you should read the U.S. Constitution and Rules of Federal Procedures before you flippantly denigrade the President.

    I worked at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for 35 years in Chicago, every judge was selected by a committee of the district court. Not one was ever appointed by any President because this appointment is not enumerated in Article III.

    Did you bother reading our Constitution? Ever?

  28. Gene Elder February 19, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

    Well, a girl needs to have a little black dress for any occasion.
    Gene Elder
    HAPPY Foundation, Archive Director
    San Antonio, Texas

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  30. cjk February 19, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

    Anyway you take the comments, they show the left’s hypocrisy. The guy probrably wasn’t appointed by President Bush, and if he was why do the lefties critise him for engaging in behavior which they condone? If an openly gay judge appointed by Clinton was caught making out in a heterosexual bar, I for one would congradulate him!

  31. Stormkrow February 19, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

    Vote Republican-Kill a Soldier!!!

  32. Lewis February 19, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

    Not a Bush Appointee:

    From boston.com:

    Somma was appointed by the judges of the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to a 14-year renewable term in 2004. He was one of five federal bankruptcy judges in Massachusetts.

  33. Hikerdude February 19, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

    I guess cross dressing and faggotry are only acceptable if the perpeptrators are Liberals.
    American Infidel

  34. Hikerdude February 19, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    Vote Democratic Kill America !

  35. […] Girl, those things can be deep. Somma also looks to be wearing eyeshadow in this picture. [Pensito Review and California Criminal Lawyer Blog] Feb 19, 2008 · Link · Respond Related Posts […]

  36. Withheld February 19, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    Dunno if anyone’s mentioned this so far, but bankruptcy judges aren’t appointed by the president. Our girl was appointed by the judges of the 1st circuit in Boston.

  37. wow February 19, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

    Seems like their are alot of gay conservative’s out there. Living their secret lives and denouncing others for the same. HYPOCRITES

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  39. CambridgeKnitter February 19, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

    I worked at the same firm as Bob Somma more than 20 years ago when I was a new law school graduate. I had little contact with him, but it was obvious to me that he was extremely intelligent and knew his subject cold. He also treated me with a lot more respect than some of his partners, and far more than other lawyers I worked with at other firms.

    I do not practice bankruptcy law, but I have heard from someone who does at a very high level that Judge Somma is highly regarded and that he is known for doing his best to find the best solution for everyone, both the bankrupt and the creditors, and that he is willing to be creative to reach that result.

    I agree with everyone who has chided people for being reflexively negative about Judge Somma that they would do well to have a couple of facts in hand before they start throwing stones.

  40. […] Bush appointee caught drunk, in a dress, with fishnet stockings, and wearing high heels…… his wife seems to be remaining loyal so there’s at least one core Conservative value in there. […]

  41. Homework February 19, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

    People, do some homework, I urge you. This judge IS NOT a conservative and this level judge is not through a presidential appointment at all (they are appointed by the circuit). Do some homework or you just sound angry and stupid. I know this judge personally and he is a liberal guy and you are heading down the wrong road with this. Read some of his cases and do some basic homework people.

  42. Wejash February 20, 2008 @ 12:50 am

    Bankruptcy judges are not political appointees of the President. They are appointed by other judges.

    This was a good, largely pro-consumer judge.

    STOP reflexively attacking a good man who made a mistake in your efforts to get at Bush. This isn’t one of Bush’s troops. Not even close.

    And he does not deserve it.

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  44. Larry Lawson February 20, 2008 @ 7:13 am

    Bush is of the same ‘ilk’ folks. Research Jeff Gannon or Johnny Gosch and you’ll find a bald dude Bush kisses on the forehead and allows free reign of the white whore house. The guy runs two gay military porn websites. This isn’t restricted to Repugs though, When ‘Poppy’ Bush was running coke during his term, Clinton was snorting it and running it through Mena AK and killing kids to keep it quiet and Jr. Bush LAUNDERED the money at Harken Energy. Now they’re taking the GUNS! We’re in trouble folks. Wake up, STOCK UP and PREPARE for what’s next.

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  47. Guy who knows something February 20, 2008 @ 8:39 am

    Hey morons, Bankrputcy Judges are appointed by the President, they are appointed by the Court of Appeals for that district, in this case the not so conservative 1st Circuit.

    Here’s a quarter, buy a f*ckin clue

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  51. DontReply February 20, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

    Bankruptcy Judges are NOT appointed by the President. They are appointed by the Court of Appeals for that Circuit.

  52. Robert Delaney February 20, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

    What a lineup of a holes on this site. Bush didn’t appoint Somma. Federal bankruptcy judges are not appointed by the President.

    The guy is a Democrat. Check all his donations.

    Stupid liberals are so amusing.

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  54. jai mann February 20, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

    People that gravitate to positions of power tend to be perverts, degenerates and sociopaths. It doesn’t matter if they are republican or not. It’s the issue of filling a dominant role that the stupid average person doesn’t understand as they submit themselves to those in power. Wakey wakey stupid public.

  55. […] Total Drag: Bush Judge Appointee Resigns After DUI Arrest While Cross Dressing When authorities removed him from the vehicle, they said he wore a black women’s cocktail dress, fishnet stockings and high heels. (tags: bush stupid) […]

  56. […] Trish at Pensito Review adds more details: But lots of other people did offer those details, of which Audrey Hepburn would have been proud. When authorities removed him from the vehicle, they said he wore a black women’s cocktail dress, fishnet stockings and high heels. […]

  57. Richie February 22, 2008 @ 2:31 am

    People, stop saying the “people on the left”.. Yes, do your research and use your wisdom. There are always stories from the “right” or “left”. If you think that one side is holier than thou, then unfortunately you are quite naive. Also, there are some of us in the middle who don’t follow someone just because they wear a badge of a certain color. If you knowingly back someone from your party knowing that there is a better candidate from “the other” party, then you seriously need to think about your loyalties. Would you rather be married to someone in your party who always cheats on you? Or would you rather be married to someone of any other party that makes you a better person and honestly makes you happy? Please, yes, do some research as mentioned from above, but don’t let anyone convince you that only one party cheats. ALL politicians play a shuffle-game.

    Stop typing and RESEARCH. If you get your info from CNN or ABC or NBC or CBS or F(puke)OX then you are being misled. If you don’t believe me, then you have just proved to yourself that you haven’t researched or thought for yourself.

    R>

  58. Anonymous February 23, 2008 @ 10:38 am

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  59. Dan February 23, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

    I read most of the comments, and was hard pressed to find a positive comment. What difference dose it make what a person wears. People are different in every sense of the word. I think that if a man wants to wear dresses, that it is okay. I am so sick and tired of all of the mis conception out there. If it dose not effect you personally, than why let it bother you. You people are so full of hatred and ignorance that someone elses life style offends you. LET IT GO and GET OVER YOURSELVES!!! Every one has the right to be who they are and who they want to be. It is all of the bigots in this world that make everything so difficult for every one else.

  60. Incredulous February 24, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

    Ninnis asked how to distinguish between a “black women’s cocktail dress” and a “white women’s cocktail dress.” The answer: One is black and the other is white. Ninnis either was joking or does not know the difference between the words “women” and “woman.”

  61. Tolerant Conservative February 24, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

    Apparently the anti-Republican author and numerous “progressive liberal” commenters think it is “so hilarious” that they have discovered a cross-dresser. Is Are these people among those who call Rep or cons “bigots” and “intolerant”? I’m a Christian, saddened to see such hatred expressed toward a cross-dresser.

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  63. Richard Neva May 2, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

    This was an unnessary posting. So what if he was cross dressing! It is not against the law you know but his drunk behavior was. So typical of the press these days to get our minds off the real problems like America is taking a dump down the China sewer!

  64. Laser Haas June 2, 2008 @ 9:13 am

    One should worry about the Judges left in place and the ones currently nominated.

    we provided proof of $300 million in fraud and 34 acts of perjury to the DE Federal Courts, instead of Notifying and Referring the matter to the US Attorney as is mandated by 18 USC 3057(a) and 28 USC 586(a)(3)(F), the Judge and UST gave one firm (TBF)implied, blanket, immunity and refused to even mention the name of the other law firm (MNAT) despite the fact that both law firms confessed to supplying more than 16 false affidavits each.
    Then we discover the US Attorney for DE was a partner with the “un-mentioned” law firm MNAT in 2001, when the fraud and perjury began.
    His punishment for violating ethics and protocols in not prosecuting his former firm or clients, he is now Nominated to be a Federal Dist Ct Judge.

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  66. Stephen Sather March 30, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    Bankruptcy Judges are not appointed by the President. They are appointed by the United States Court of Appeals. As a result, your premise that Judge Somma was appointed by President Bush is incorrect.

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