Coalition Presses City to Select African-American Woman Judge

Lynn Horsley, The Kansas City Star, Dec. 15

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.

Deborah Neal.


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