Judge Says ‘Blacks and Hispanics Are Predisposed to Crime and Violent Acts’

Daily Mail (London), June 5, 2013

A coalition of civil rights organizations has filed a judicial misconduct complaint against a conservative federal judge for discriminatory comments she allegedly made during a speech, including that some racial groups were predisposed to violent crime.

Judge Edith Jones of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the University of Pennsylvania law school on Feb. 20. Her comments were not recorded, but five students and one attorney who were in attendance signed affidavits swearing to what they heard.

Edith Jones

Edith Jones

The complaint alleges that Jones said certain ‘racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,’ and that they are ‘prone to commit acts of violence’ and be involved in more violent and ‘heinous’ crimes than people of other ethnicities.

The judge also allegedly said Mexicans would prefer to be on death row in the U.S. than serve prison terms in their native country, and that it’s an insult for the U.S. to look to the laws of other countries such as Mexico.

The allegations were laid out in a 12-page complaint backed by several Texas groups and filed Tuesday in New Orleans, where the appeals court is based.


{snip} Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, Jones has served on the court since 1985 and was its chief justice for seven years, until October 2012.

‘Students were appalled by her speech,’ said Katie Naranjo, a spokeswoman for the coalition backing the complaint that includes the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Texas Civil Rights Project.

The NAACP in Austin and the National Bar Association’s Houston affiliate also are included.

The complaint also states that Jones said defendants’ claims of racism, innocence, arbitrariness, and violations of international law and treaties are just ‘red herrings’ used by opponents of the death penalty.

She allegedly said claims of ‘mental retardation’ by capital defendants disgust her, and the fact that those defendants were convicted of a capital crime is sufficient to prove they are not ‘mentally retarded.’


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