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Demand Answers from Judge Edith Jones

UPDATE: The Fifth Circuit's chief judge has referred the complaint against Judge Jones to another court's Judicial Council for review, and it's been assigned by Chief Justice John Roberts to the Judicial Council of the D.C. Circuit and that Circuit's chief judge Merrick Garland.

This is great news -- the formal disciplinary review we've called for is under way. Urge Judge Garland to make the investigation swift and thorough and to hold Edith Jones accountable for any comments that show her unable to be a fair and impartial judge.


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Among what Judge Jones is alleged to have said:

- 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.

Chief Judge Garland:

If Judge Edith Jones has crossed the line and violated the ethical standards which should be expected of a federal judge, she must resign without delay or be removed from the bench.

Judge Jones’s reported comments to a group of law students show an unabashed bias, flamboyantly put on display, that undermines the public’s confidence in her, as well as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, as a fair arbiter of the law and justice.

Please act swiftly to investigate and determine the veracity of the allegations against Judge Jones, and if they are true, to hold her accountable and recommend that she be removed from her judgeship on the 5th Circuit.



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, needs to step down immediately.