Alright guys, this our future profession. Do you realy want a half-wit bigot like this around? A postion like judge requires a level of integrity that I think was clearly breached by his actions and as a consequence, I think he should have his right to practice in any capacity revoked. Judge Suspended for Wearing Blackface at Halloween PartyJanet McConnaugheyThe Associated Press12-15-2004A judge who wore blackface makeup, handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit at a Halloween party will be suspended for six months, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Monday.The justices voted 5-2 to suspend Judge Timothy Ellender for a year without pay for dishonoring his position, but to defer half of that penalty. Ellender will lose more than $50,000 in pay, one judge noted.Ellender, who is white, testified the costumes worn by him and his wife -- she was dressed as a policewoman -- were meant only as a joke to show he was her prisoner. The party's host, Ellender's brother-in-law, was dressed as Buckwheat.The justices agreed Ellender did not mean to insult blacks. Nevertheless, they ordered him to take a sociology course "which will assist him in achieving a greater understanding of racial sensitivity."Phone messages left with Ellender and his attorney, Bill Bordelon, were not immediately returned.Jerome Boykin, head of the Terrebonne Parish branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, applauded the ruling."The Supreme Court sent a strong message that the court won't tolerate racist acts by judges," he said.Bordelon argued Ellender should not be punished because the blackface incident occurred only once and was not persistent behavior. But Justice Chet Traylor, writing for the majority, said the incident was damaging."The negative shroud cast upon the state's judiciary by Judge Ellender's actions will only be lifted by time," Taylor said.http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1102944934918
This judge went too far with his Halloween costume. It simply is unbecoming of his position.But, the biggest implication that emerges from this controversy is that apparently judges can be kicked off the bench for conduct that is wholly outside the scope of their job. What we should be concerned about is whether or not this type of disciplinary action would be extended to lesser acts. If so, then you could eventually fire the whole judiciary if you dug up politically-incorrect aspects of their past.To be sure, this kind of controversy doesn't surprise me too much. This is the South.
"Tastelessness" is a very weak assessment of what this sort of thing means. I guess I'd like to know where my judge stands as well so that I could inform my accused African-American clients I'm packing it in from the outset. "Plea bargain boys, we've been assigned judge Bigot-Ellender."This sort of thing isnít a joke. No matter how you spin it, revealing ones immaturity and bias should be a one-way ticket down from the bench, anywhere. You would hope this type of thing is not widespread in today's world but where it exists and becomes visible, it must be removed like cancer from our legal system, IMO.
I believe that firing judges over minor acts of political incorrectness is even more dangerous than having this guy on the bench.