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.


  • Tolerant Conservative
    February 24, 2008 - 7:12 pm | Permalink

    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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  • Richard Neva
    May 2, 2008 - 8:54 pm | Permalink

    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!

  • June 2, 2008 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    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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  • Stephen Sather
    March 30, 2009 - 10:28 am | Permalink

    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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