A group of Kansas City civil rights organizations
urged Tuesday that African-American women be nominated to replace Municipal
Judge Deborah Neal, who resigned Nov. 3.
The civil rights organizations said there was
not enough diversity on the 16th Judicial Circuit, which includes the Municipal
Court. They noted that, of 45 positions for judges and commissioners, there
is not a single black woman since Neal resigned.
Neal resigned after her lawyer said she had a
gambling problem and had taken loans from lawyers. The matter has been under
investigation by a judicial ethics commission and a federal grand jury.