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Suspension Recommended For Judge Accused Of Calling Juror ‘Aunt Jemima’

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Remember the decide in Pennsylvania that allegedly known as a juror Aunt Jemima? It made news way back in February, which appears lots various months in the past, again earlier than even the multimillion-dollar brand of Aunt Jemima syrup got here to the belief that the time period was racist AF. Given the became greater consciousness of the historical past of the time period, it’s most likely no shock that the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board is seeking a suspension of Judge Mark Tranquilli.

The headline grabbing incident is when he allegedly requested as assistant district lawyer why he’d chosen a Black girl for the jury, saying, “You weren’t out of strikes when you decided to put Aunt Jemima on the jury.” But, as tends to be the way in which in circumstances like this, Tranquilli is alleged to have mentioned a slew of problematic issues. According to the ethics fees, obtainable in full under, Tranquilli additionally allegedly mentioned throughout a custody listening to that he didn’t care concerning the couple’s kids and he would “split [the couple’s] baby in half like Solomon and sleep like a baby that night.” He allegedly went on to explain what he highly anticipated by way of communication thusly, “When I say communication, I don’t mean ‘and den da bitch done dis, and den da bitch done dat.’”

But, wait! There’s more! During a sentencing listening to he allegedly mentioned:

“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.”

At that very same listening to he additionally allegedly went off about his lack of compassion:

“I was a [prosecutor] for 20 years, and for the last 13 years, all I did was dead body cases, dead body, dead body, dead body. For the last eight years, I ran the homicide unit. If I had a nickel for every picture of a dead person I looked at on my desk while I was eating a turkey sandwich, I could retire right now and be a rich man. As a result of these experiences, there is no milk of human kindness left in these veins. It is just too much death. So what that means for you is, the take away is this: If I ever see you again in my courtroom for a probation violation, the story ends with you in a red jumpsuit.”

And at a special sentencing listening to, Tranquilli allegedly advised a 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.”

Not too stunning then that the ethics criticism says the decide failed to advertise public confidence within the judiciary; manifested bias or prejudice within the efficiency of his duties; and did not conduct himself in a person in care, dignified, and courteous method. Tranquilli was beforehand positioned on administrative duties after the complaints about his habits first got here to gentle.


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