Alabama Judge Fired Over Racist Remarks About George Floyd

In Summary

A judicial panel determined that Judge Jinks violated five judicial ethics rules, including not upholding the integrity and independence of the state's court system. 

A 65-year-old Alabama judge, who oversees election in an Alabama county, was fired last week after being accused of racism and sexually inappropriate behavior, the Associated Press reported.   

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary booted Talladega County Probate Judge Randy Jinks Friday over his comments, which includes saying that George Floyd “got what he deserved” and was “just another thug” when former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin murdered him.   

The panel determined Jinks violated five judicial ethics rules, including not upholding the integrity and independence of the state’s court system, per AP.   

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According to court records, Jinks denied wrongdoing and said that workers didn’t understand his jokes. He also reportedly mouthed the N-word when he referred to Black people and told a deputy clerk that Black people received benefits and welfare “because of the color of their skin.”   

A November 2019 report by the Department of Agriculture showed that 35.7% of SNAP recipients are white, more than any other demographic.   

Jinks’ attorney said that their client’s remarks were “completely out of context” and made to make him look bad, according to AP. It’s unclear if Jinks will appeal the ruling to the state’s supreme court.   

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