In rare move, Supreme Court justices chastise prosecutor

, The National Law Journal

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In a rare and forceful slap down of a federal prosecutor, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Stephen Breyer, devoted a nearly five-page statement on Monday to the prosecutor's racially charged remark during a drug conspiracy trial in Texas.

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  • watchdogman

    The prosecutor was correct in his comments..PC in the country is disgusting so I applaud the prosecutor in his argument.

  • Lou Fisher

    I can't imagine that anyone, especially an attorney, doesn't get why the comment was inappropriate, and not just something that one should "get over".

    "presumption" for "evidence". It presumes that a racial ingredient is evidence. It ignores that the presumption should be of innocence, not guilt. And, most importantly, as a representative of the "state", the prosecutor should not attempt to dredge up deep-seated (or perhaps not so "deep") predjudices of the jury, but rather, should recognize that more important than winning the case at hand is fostering a justice system that is blind to color, gender, etc. Or is that too much to ask?

  • David Murray

    Oh get over it. Why is it that when whites make any comment about "African-Americans" they are always chastised, but when blacks do the same, their is no outcry. Get a life. We live in the 21st century and the majority of dope dealers seem to be African-Americans or Hispanic. Is it not reasonable that if you have African-Americans and Hispanics in a room with a bag full of money that there is a drug deal going down? Absolutely. Then why cannot the prosecutor say it? Political correctness? Violation of civil rights? . . . . Give me a break. And why is it that whites are called "whites". Should they not all be addressed as to their original ethnic or nationalistic ancestory? . . . "Italian Americans", "English Americans", "Polish Americans", "Irish Americans", "Hungarian Americans", etc, and what about the "Filipino Americans" and the "Chinese Americans", the "Korean Americans, the "Vietnamese Americans" and the Japanese Americans"? Let's not slight them. But always remember the "Native Americans" . . . . you know them, the ones who crossed over the land bridge that once covered the Bering Straight . . . the ones who originally came from Asia . . . . but then, are they not "Asian Americans"?

    I wonder, does anyone but I see how ridiculous all this political correctness is?

  • Alan Bowers

    I too am dumbfounded the US Attorney's office did not find this behavior to be totally inappropriate. Stunning, really.

  • Andrew Spark

    Like she should talk.

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