While addressing the University of Pennsylvania Law School Federalist Society, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones, allegedly, said "Racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime." Jones also allegedly added, “They are prone to commit acts of violence."
Because of Jones’ statements, civil rights groups have filed a complaint requesting that she be removed from the bench.
Wednesday’s New York Times ran a disturbing story with more detail about the speech that Jones gave in February. Times writer Ethan Bronner reports that a “group of civil rights organizations and legal ethicists” just filed a misconduct complaint against Jones. Bronner goes on to describe all the disturbing things that the complainants say that she said.
Judge Jones is also being criticized for saying, “Death penalties serve the condemned by forcing them to face God.”
From their website, The Federalist Society describes itself as “Advancing the principles of freedom, separation of governmental powers, and that judges are paid to interpret the laws, not to make them." The Federalist Society is calling the allegations "frivolous accusations."
The Federalist Society is saying there is no known recording of Jones’ speech, and, there's no transcript, either.
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