Back in September 2011, we posted about how Edith Jones, then the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, told one of her fellow judges to shut up at an oral argument. If the allegations reported by the Associated Press are true, Judge Jones should followed her own advice or adopted the Stone Soup rule.
According to this complaint of judicial misconduct, on February 20, 2013, Judge Jones appeared at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and gave a lecture entitled "Federal Death Penalty Review." The complaint alleges that during her remarks Judge Jones said,
- that "certain racial groups like African Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime"
- that "certain systemic classes of crime" exist and that "certain racial groups commit more of these crimes than others."
- "Some [racial] groups seem to commit more heinous crimes than others.
- that it was a "statistical fact" that African Americans and Hispanics get more involved in violent crime than white people.
- that race is not a legitimate concern in how the death penalty is administered.
- that it is a disservice to the mentally retarded to exempt them from the death sentence.
- that it was disgusting that mental retardation claims are made in death penalty cases
- that claims of innocence are a red hearing based on "technicalities" in death penalty cases. Judge Jones analogized the number of innocence people killed by the death penalty to the number of innocent people killed by drone strikes.
- that the death penalty is justified because "a killer is only likely to make peace with God and the victim's family in the moment when the killer faces imminent execution, recognizing that he or she is about to face God's judgment." The complaint says that Judge Jones mentioned reading something on the Internet about the death penalty being carried out in jurisdictions under the Vatican. This may have been this article.
- that Mexican nationals would prefer to be on death row in the United States than be incarcerated (and eventually freed) in Mexico.