Demand Answers from Judge Edith Jones
  • Petitioned Chief Judge Garland

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Chief Judge Garland

Demand Answers from Judge Edith Jones

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      People For the American Way

The New York Times reports that Judge Edith Jones, a right-wing firebrand who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and many saw as a potential Supreme Court nominee under President Bush, spouted extreme and bigoted viewpoints in a recent address to a Federalist Society law student group. If this is true, she needs to step down immediately.

Tell investigating Judge Merrick Garland to hold Edith Jones accountable for any comments that show her unable to be a fair and impartial judge.

In her address, which was about the death penalty, Judge Jones is reported to have promoted these views -- many apparently stated as fact:

-Blacks and Hispanics “get involved in more violent crime.”

-A death sentence is a service to defendants because it allows them to make peace with God.

-Defenses offered in capital cases, including mental retardation and systemic racism, are “red herrings.”

-Mexicans would rather be on death row in the U.S. than in prison in Mexico.

These statements show a clear bias and bigotry and are very troubling for a sitting judge. Civil rights organizations have filed a complaint with the Fifth Circuit claiming Jones violated ethical standards applicable to federal judges under the Code of Conduct for United States judges.

If Judge Jones said what’s been reported, she needs to resign now, or be removed. Sign the petition now. Then help spread the word.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Brandon Ray PORT ARTHUR, TX
      • 10 months ago

      Dismantle any roots of white supremacy.

    • DeMario Pate HOUSTON, TX
      • 12 months ago

      It displays a person who is closed minded and biased and leaves one to believe she doesn't fairly apply the law by letting her biases and religion get in the way

    • Linda Moore ROSENBERG, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      She's a trashy, tacky terrorist!

    • Ellen Erlanger BOCA RATON, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Racists, misogynists and bigots have no place in our court system. EVER. TOO MANY PEOPLE DID NOT GET JUSTICE IN HER COURT. THEY GOT MORE I JUSTICE HEAPED ON THEM. WOMEN AND MINORITIES.

    • Oniell Ford TULSA, OK
      • about 1 year ago

      What in the heck is this?!

      I'm a Christian man myself and even I don't approve of her views! I don't think like she does!

      This is just sickening and she is not only a disgrace to all religious folk, but a disgrace to the U.S. Justice system!



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