- Judge James Patterson of the Mobile County Circuit Court in Alabama was suspended for violating judicial ethics with his inappropriate remarks and repeated profanity in court.
- The Judicial Inquiry Commission filed two charges, including inappropriate demeanor and temperament and abuse of judicial authority, against Patterson on June 15.
- The allegations refer to his remarks about Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, in which he referred to the 77-year-old as “Gov. MeMaw” in an order complaining about her stay-at-home order issued during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The complaint against him also states that Patterson made a racially-charged comment in an Asian accent to a jury pool with at least one potential Asian American juror.
- Patterson has not submitted a response to the commission charges. If he is convicted, the penalty may be as severe as removal from office.
A judge for the Mobile County Circuit Court in Alabama was suspended and charged with inappropriate demeanor and temperament based on multiple allegations, including a racially charged comment to a potential Asian American juror.
The Judicial Inquiry Commission, the state agency that investigates complaints against judges, accused Judge James Patterson of violating judicial ethics with his inappropriate remarks and repeated profanity in court.
- A man accused of threatening the judge who released alleged “Duck Sauce Killer” Glenn Hirsch on a $500,000 bail is reportedly facing criminal charges.
- Chunhua Hu, 49, allegedly made the threat before the 51-year-old murder suspect arrived for his bail hearing at the Queens Criminal Court on Monday.
- Sources said Hu approached a court officer and told them Judge Kenneth Holder better not release Hirsch, “otherwise he will have trouble,” according to the New York Daily News.
- The officer immediately arrested Hu, who was then charged with obstructing government administration and required to appear in court at a later date.
- Hu, like Hirsch, was also a customer at the Great Wall restaurant. It’s unclear whether Hu and Hirsch had ever met as customers at the restaurant.
A man accused of threatening the judge who released alleged “Duck Sauce Killer” Glenn Hirsch on a $500,000 bail is reportedly facing criminal charges.
Chunhua Hu, 49, allegedly made the threat before the 51-year-old murder suspect arrived for his bail hearing at the Queens Criminal Court on Monday.
- Michigan Judge Alexis Krot apologized for shaming Burhan Chowdhury, a 72-year-old cancer patient, for his overgrown lawn during a Zoom hearing.
- Krot will be reporting herself to a state commission due to her judicial misbehavior that led to online condemnation and a petition to remove her from office.
Michigan Judge Alexis Krot apologized after recently coming under fire for her reaction to a 72-year-old cancer patient’s overgrown lawn.
Krot, who previously threatened Burhan Chowdhury with jail time over the weeds growing in his yard, said that she will be reporting herself to a state commission that examines judicial misbehavior.
Judge tells 72-year-old man stricken with cancer he ‘should be ashamed of himself’ for his un-mowed lawn
- Burhan Chowdhury, a 72-year-old man who was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes in 2019, received a citation for overgrown grass in August.
- Michigan Judge Alexis Krot told Chowdhury on Monday that he “should be ashamed of himself” for not keeping up with the landscaping around his house.
- Chowdhury’s son, 33-year-old Shibbir Chowdhury, explained to Krot that his father is sick and they had already cleaned the area around their house after receiving the citation.
- Krot told Chowdhury, "If I could give you jail time on this I would."
Michigan Judge Alexis Krot is under fire for her overreaction to 72-year-old Burhan Chowdhury’s overgrown lawn.
During a Zoom hearing on Monday, Krot told Chowdhury, who is very ill with cancer, that he “should be ashamed of himself” for not keeping up with the landscaping around his house, according to the Washington Post.
Bruce Schroeder, the judge heading the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, has drawn flak for making an off-color joke about Asian food inside the courtroom this week.
What he said: In response to an inquiry for a lunch break on Thursday, Schroeder reportedly said “I hope the Asian food isn’t coming … isn’t on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor.”
‘You and your people’: Iowa senator’s ‘compliment’ towards Korean American judge ignites stereotype debate
A Korean American judge received a microaggressive remark during her U.S. Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
The remark: Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), 88, lauded judicial nominee Lucy Koh’s tenacity in the hearing but closed off his comments with what many are pointing out as stereotypical and outdated, according to the Washington Post.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Florence Y. Pan to serve as a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Why this matters: Pan, who was first nominated by President Barack Obama in 2016, is the first Asian American woman to fill a seat on the D.C. federal court. She was again nominated by President Joe Biden in March.
A Pakistani American has just become the first Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history after the Senate confirmed him as a district judge for the District of New Jersey on Thursday.
About the judge: Zahid Quraishi, 46, a son of Pakistani immigrants, earned the judicial seat following a Senate vote of 81-16, NBC reported.
To call Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye a badass would be an understatement.
Born and raised in a Filipino American household in Sacramento, California, the second woman and first Asian American to lead the State Supreme Court has had a fascinating job history before her phenomenal judicial career.
The 54-year-old judge who last week sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to a lenient sentence for sexual assault has been revealed to be an alum and former athlete of Stanford University as well.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky gave Turner a sentence of six months in jail and three years probation for sexually assaulting a woman at a campus fraternity party.