5th District Court Of Appeals Judge Edith Jones was reportedly on the Bush Administration’s Supreme Court Short List. Looks like you lost out America. The longtime Roe v. Wade opponent recently spoke about capital punishment to the University of Pennsylvania Law School and traversed a wide swath of subject areas. Now Jones is the subject of a judicial-misconduct complaint.
Here are the highlights.
That certain “racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,” are “’prone’ to commit acts of violence,” and get involved in more violent and “heinous” crimes than people of other ethnicities;
She did not comment on whether law enforcement is “predisposed” to arrest blacks 4 times more than whites for drugs despite similar usage rates.
That Mexican nationals would prefer to be on death row in the United States rather than serving prison terms in Mexico, and it is an insult for the United States to look to the laws of other countries such as Mexico;
Judge Jones is hard on crime. Just not “Mexico-hard.” Wha?
That Defendants’ claims of racism, innocence, arbitrariness, and violations of international law and treaties are really nothing more than “red herrings” used by opponents of capital punishment;
[Since reintroduction of death penalty in Georgia in 1972] In 2000 homicides, black defendants were 1.7 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white defendants and that murderers of white victims were 4.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who killed blacks. One herring is 4.3 times redder than the other.
What about America’s capstone for capital punishment? The 5th District’s very own State of Texas:
Since 1976, Texas has carried out 470 executions (well more than a third of the national total of 1,257). You can count on one hand the number of those executions that involved a white murderer and a black victim and you do not need to use your thumb, ring finger, index finger or pinkie.
that means ’1,’ folks.
Blacks. Mexicans. Other Hispanics. Foreign Nations of Earth. Who’s next in your Burn Book, Judge Jones? (*please say ‘the disabled,’ please say ‘the disabled’*)
That claims of “mental retardation” by capital defendants disgust her, and the fact such persons were convicted of a capital crime is itself sufficient to prove they are not in fact “mentally retarded.”
“That’s the standard of review we’re looking for in an appellate judge!” said no reasonable person ever. While this flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s decision in Atkins v. Virginia (2002), which prohibits the execution of individuals with intellectual disabilities, plant that flag and tell the Court to ‘grow a pair.’
All this astute legal mind needs to boldly underline her bigoted argument is to wrap it all in a Jesus-ribbon.
[T]he imposition of a death sentence provides a positive service to capital-case defendants because defendants are likely to make peace with God only in the moment before their imminent execution.
Ahhh. That’s the stuff.