Roberts Orders D.C. Judges To Review Complaint Against Judge Edith Jones


In an unusual order, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts asked federal judges in Washington, D.C., to review a judicial misconduct complaint against Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Houston Chronicle reports. “This is a hopeful sign that (federal judges) are taking this seriously,” says a lawyer who signed the complaint, James Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

The complaint alleges that Judge Jones, a former chief judge who is based in Houston, improperly discussed pending cases, and allegedly made derogatory remarks about African-Americans, Mexican nationals, and the mentally retarded in a public speech at the Federalist Society chapter at the University of Pennsylvania in February. The complaint includes allegations that Jones improperly referred to pending death penalty cases in her speech, including Elroy Chester, who was executed yesterday for the murder of a firefighter.

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