Saturday, November 23, 2019

Judge reprimanded for posting racist articles on Facebook

Several sources, including the Daily Memphian, are reporting that a Memphis Criminal Court Judge has received a reprimand from the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct for re posting an article and some images on social media that included language that depicted bias or prejudice.  The article was by a Holocaust denial and included derogatory language in reference to Muslims and immigrants.

The reprimand letter of the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct concludes that there was no proof that the judge had engaged in any actual bias, prejudice, or impartiality in his official capacity as a judge but that the posts were partisan in nature and a clear violation of the code of judicial conduct.  The Board also pointed out that dissemination on social media of articles and images that express racist or discriminatory ideas can easily be perceived by reasonable minds to undermine the impartiality of the judiciary or be perceived as prejudice of bias.

The text of the reprimand letter is here. The ABA Journal has more on the story here.

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