In spite of a last-minute semi-denial, there’s no doubting that a Pennsylvania judge has decided to deliberately base his ruling upon the race of the defendant:
A black judge from western Pennsylvania rejected a plea agreement for a man accused of fighting with police during a traffic stop saying it was “a ridiculous plea that only goes to white boys.”
Allegheny County Judge Joseph Williams, who is black, claimed on Tuesday that a black defendant in the same situation would not have been treated as leniently.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Williams made the comments after a prosecutor proposed three months of probation for a white man with no criminal record who agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct.
Williams recused himself after making the comments and a white judge accepted the plea agreement for 24-year-old Jeffery McGowan, who had faced charges including aggravated assault.
When asked directly in court whether his denial of the plea agreement was based solely on the defendant’s race, the judge said no but followed up that it was “because it’s a ridiculous plea that only goes to white boys…” Sorry, “judge,” but the rest of us aren’t as stupid as we’d need to be to accept that kind of garbage. This excuse for a member of the judiciary is clearly allowing his racial bias to affect his rulings and that kind of intentional racism has no place on the bench. He needs to be removed, immediately.