Fox News and the 500 announced Republican candidates should look forward to continuing to ignore racist elements in the Dylann Roof shooting case in the wake of some somewhat racist comments his judge made.
Charleston County Magistrate James B. Gosnell, the judge who saw fit to open up proceedings by calling for sympathy for shooter Dylann Roof’s family members, has a history of racist language in the courtroom.
There are four kinds of people in this world—black people, white people, red necks, and n—rs,” Gosnell advised a black defendant in a November 6, 2003 bond reduction hearing.(The Daily Beast)
Firstly, what type of person, nonetheless a judge, opens up a case involving a little racist piece of sh*t killing nine innocent church members by calling for sympathy for said piece of sh*t’s family? Secondly, since when does a judge sound like a rapper or country western singer.
It seems Gosnell’s racist language led to a judicial disciplinary preceding and a 2005 determination by the state Supreme Court. The court’s written finding reports Gosnell’s lame defense.
“[Gosnell] represents he knew the defendant, the defendant’s father, and the defendant’s grandfather,” the finding notes. “[Gosnell] represents that when the defendant, an African-American, appeared in court for the bond hearing, [Gosnell] recalled a statement made to him by a veteran African-American sheriff’s deputy.”
“Gosnell alleges he repeated this statement to the defendant in an ill-considered effort to encourage him to recognize and change the path he had chosen in life,” the finding notes. (The Daily Beast)
Even if family members and legitimate Christians of Roof’s victims somehow mustered the aplomb to speak of forgiveness (I would personally pull a Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction), they might have a hard time trying to forgive South Carolina’s state Supreme Court for allowing Gosnell to be a judge.
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