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Resignation of decide who referred to as juror ‘Aunt Jemima’ is ‘binding and irrevocable,’ judicial court docket says



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The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has stated a decide who referred to a juror as “Aunt Jemima” can’t change his thoughts about resigning.

Former Judge Mark Tranquilli resigned Tuesday and agreed that he gained through a win’t function a decide sooner or later. That pledge is “binding and irrevocable,” the self-discipline court docket stated in a Nov. 19 order.

Law360 and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have protection.

Tranquilli can even have to surrender pay that was paused when he was suspended Aug. 26.

The ethics expenses had alleged that Tranquilli:

• Criticized a prosecutor in chambers over choice of jurors who acquitted a defendant on a drug dealing cost. Referring to a Black juror who wore a kerchief, Tranquilli allegedly requested the prosecutor why he put “Aunt Jemima” on the jury. Tranquilli stated the juror’s manner confirmed a unfavorable perspective towards the prosecution case. He allegedly informed the prosecutor, he “knew darn well” that when the juror “goes home to her baby daddy, he’s probably slinging heroin, too.”

• Discussed the problem of communication between the events in a custody case, utilizing an accent and dialect he described as Ebonics. “When I say communication, I don’t mean ‘and den da bitch done dis, and den da bitch done dat,’ ” he allegedly stated.

• During a felony sentencing listening to, allegedly stated, “Are you familiar with the phrase, if you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas? … So now you have laid down twice with dogs, but you have woken up with two lovely children, probably two lovely children I’m betting you were probably not planning on. And for the cost of three shiny quarters in any bathroom in any rest stop in Pennsylvania, you probably could have gone a different direction.”

• In one other sentencing listening to, allegedly informed the defendant, “So if you don’t show up in 30 days, you have violated my probation, and I’m going to cast you down against the Sodomites, all right, in state prison.”


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