Rights Groups: U.S. Judge Edith Jones Made Offensive, Biased Remarks


A complaint from several civil rights groups, including one funded by the government of Mexico, alleges that federal Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has violated her duty to be impartial and damaged the public’s confidence in the judiciary, in statements she made in a public lecture – including that blacks and Hispanics are more violent, the Austin Chronicle reports. Jones also said that a death sentence provides a public service by allowing an inmate to “make peace with God.” Jones made offensive and biased comments in a February lecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, says the complaint from the Texas Civil Rights Project, Austin NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens), and the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, among others. The lecture was not recorded, but witnesses reported Jones saying that minorities are responsible for more violent crime than are whites and that claims by death row inmates that racism or arbitrariness infected their prosecutions, or that they are actually innocent or even mentally retarded, are merely “red herrings.”

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