Judge blames his foul mouth on sleep apnea

Thursday, June 30, 2005

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Cambria County district judge, who in May was chastised for using vulgar and sexually explicit language toward underlings, during a disciplinary hearing blamed his actions on the fact he suffers from sleep apnea. The sleeping disorder was one of several stressors that led to his crude behavior, he said. The American Sleep Apnea Association says on its Web site that "untreated, sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment," but doctors question if the impact of the sleep apnea would "turn an otherwise gentlemanly judge into a persistently vulgar one," according to the Post-Gazette. "It's a bit of a stretch," said one doctor. The judge is now receiving treatment for his OSA.