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Former Potential Nominee to SCOTUS Under George W. Bush: African Americans Are ‘Predisposed to Crime’

According to a report from the New York Times, civil rights organizations and legal ethics experts have filed a judicial misconduct complaint this Tuesday against a senior federal judge, accusing her of making inappropriate statements against minority groups and people with mental disabilities.

The complaint alleged that Judge Edith H. Jones, of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said in a speech this February at the University of Pennsylvania Law School that African-Americans and Hispanics are “predisposed to crime” and that defendants facing capital punishment who claim “mental retardation” disgust her.

These were among her statements, as reported by the San Antonio Express-news:

That certain “racial groups like African Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,” are “prone to commit acts of violence,” and get involved in more violent and “heinous” crimes than people of other ethnicities;

That Mexican nationals would prefer to be on death row in the United States rather than serving prison terms in Mexico, and it is an insult for the United States to look to the laws of other countries such as Mexico;

That Defendants’ claims of racism, innocence, arbitrariness, and violations of international law and treaties are really nothing more than “red herrings” used by opponents of capital punishment;

That claims of “mental retardation” by capital defendants disgust her, and the fact such persons were convicted of a capital crime is itself sufficient to prove they are not in fact “mentally retarded”;

That the imposition of a death sentence provides a positive service to capitol-case defendants because the defendants are likely to make peace with God only in the moment before their imminent execution.

Jones was among the potential nominees to the Supreme Court during George W. Bush’s presidency. The decision as to whether the complaint will stand or be dismissed belongs to Carl E. Stewart, the current chief judge on that circuit. Stewart is the first African American to fill that post.

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  1. Bob Cull

    June 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I’m sure that Dubya, after hearing those comments turned to Laura and said, “I knew I should of appointmented her ta the supersize court!” I’m thinking that the fact that a black man is going to make the decision on her future as a judge does not bode well for her. Fingers are crossed, this kind of ignorance does not belong on the bench.

  2. Indiana Jim

    June 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    How could someone so well-educated be so ignorant?

  3. Bob Cull

    June 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    She works really hard at it , Jim!

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  5. Kim Janney Hardacre

    June 7, 2013 at 6:17 am

    And certain people are predisposed to be ignorant, racist and out of their freakin’ minds.

  6. Michael T. Young

    June 7, 2013 at 6:22 am


  7. majician

    June 7, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Happens ALL OF THE TIME.

  8. Skip LeVan

    June 7, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Because ‘well educated’ only means ‘my daddy gots big cash’ or ‘I can run with a ball’ in this remnant of a nation.

  9. Skip LeVan

    June 7, 2013 at 6:42 am

    It doesn’t belong in ANY public forum or from ANY public figure…..prejudice can be born of experience in certain areas/demographics….but those statements are simply racism, which has NO place amongst ANY diverse civilization, much less one that still claims to thrive upon the inalienable rights and resultant value of the individual.

  10. Michelle Stein-Evers

    June 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Guess what she will charge is the senior justice who is Afro-American finds that she made these remarks? Perhaps that she is retarded?

  11. Bob Cull

    June 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I wasn’t implying that it did have a place, Skip, well, actually it probably would be appropriate at a meeting of the Klan or the Aryan Brotherhood. But it is particularly egregious when a sitting judge says it. It would seem to me that it would be appropriate to review every case she has ever presided over and overturn every one with a defendant whose ethnicity she has made racist remarks about. Of course that would mean that many who should have been convicted will go free just because a racist judge couldn’t keep her ignorant mouth shut.

  12. Michael J. Benardo

    June 28, 2013 at 1:38 am

    She is not by any means the only one, she just ran her stupid mouth too much. Judges like her are the reason the justice system seems so stacked against African Americans.

  13. MikeReese9

    July 4, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Intelligence does not necessarily provide wisdom .. or morality .. or logic.

  14. Bruce Williams

    October 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    As distasteful as her comments are, sadly, she speaks the truth. You can sweep the facts under the rug for only so long. The bump in that rug has become the Elephant in the room, someone must do something about it. It’s one thing when people steal to survive, but another when they steal to buy 22″ rims or $150. gym shoes.
    I challenge any of you who sit at your computer and call someone racist, ignorant, bitch or haters to get off your lazy asses and go out in the community and work with these people in community gardens, small businesses through SCORE and Big Brother-Big Sister organizations.

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    June 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm

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