Judge Admits Mistake in Kicking Whites out of Court

CNN, April 2, 2008

An Atlanta, Georgia, judge who ordered white lawyers out of his courtroom so he could lecture African-American defendants called that decision a “mistake” Tuesday night.

“In retrospect, it was a mistake,” Judge Marvin Arrington told CNN. “Because my sheriff said to me, ‘Judge, that message should be given to everybody’—’Don’t violate the law, make something out of yourself, go to school, find a role model, somebody that will help you advance your life.’”

Arrington, who is African-American, is a judge in Fulton County, Georgia, which includes the city of Atlanta.

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He said he would open his court doors to everyone on Thursday and “I am going to give the same identical speech: ‘You’ve got to do better.’”

[Editor’s Note: Read the original story at AR News here.]

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