Outrage after magistrate Judge James Gosnell Jr. calls Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof’s family “victims.”
During the bond hearing Gosnell said, “We also have victims on the other side. There are victims on this young man’s side of the family.” Um, really?
Judge Gosnell, who has a disciplinary blemish on his record for disconduct, was clearly out of line. His comments were tone deaf and disgraceful.
Daily Beast: “There are four kinds of people in this world—black people, white people, red necks, and n—rs,” Gosnell advised a black defendant in a November 6, 2003 bond reduction hearing.
ABC News: “In his defense, the judge said he was simply repeating a saying he had heard from a veteran sheriff’s deputy who was black. When coupled with a separate allegation that Gosnell had shown improper favoritism to another judge arrested for drunken driving, the justices voted to issue a public reprimand, specifically citing “his racial remark.””
I guess my question is why Judge James Gosnell is still on the bench? It’s shameful that Judge Gosnell can call Roof’s family victims since it’s not clear who instilled those racists teachings in him. Somebody had to do it. It’s far too early to call anyone in his family a victim.