Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench
In the past dozen years, judges have repeatedly escaped public accountability for misdeeds that have victimized thousands. Nine of 10 kept their jobs, Reuters found
Some have lied or made racist comments: Thousands of U.S. judges violated their oaths, broke the law but kept their jobs
Judge Les Hayes once sentenced a single mother to 496 days behind bars for failing to pay traffic tickets. The sentence was so stiff it exceeded the jail time Alabama allows for negligent homicide
In Alabama, Judge Les Hayes unlawfully jailed hundreds of poor people, many of them Black, over traffic fines. A single mother was sentenced to over a year in jail. Her children were cast into foster care, where one was physically abused, another molested.
All told, 9 of every 10 judges were allowed to return to the bench after they were sanctioned for misconduct
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- Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench. Among them: an Alabama judge who unlawfully jailed hundreds of poor people, many of them Black, over traffic fines.
Hayes is just one example. Thousands of judges across the U.S. have been allowed to keep positions of extraordinary power and prestige after violating the law. Read the full investigation:
An Alabama judge sentenced a single Black mother to 496 days in jail for unpaid traffic tickets. She became known as The Woman with All the Days. While she was jailed, her daughters were put into foster care. One was molested, another, physically abused.
Incredible investigative work here
For years, U.S. judges have been violating the law. Nine out of 10 kept their jobs and returned to the bench, including an Alabama judge who unlawfully jailed some 200 poor people for unpaid traffic fines
Comprehensive criminal justice reform requires a look at the whole proverbial apple orchard- cops, judges, corrections ,prosecuting attorneys. The thin blue line is actually quiite thick and deep.
Judges don't have nearly enough accountability in the United States. Bravo to these
investigative reporters for identifying the thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths and still remained on the bench.
Lots of folks are litigating their feelings online. Meanwhile, victims of civil rights abuses get no compensation, policing-for-profit turns poor citizens into ATMs for the state, and state officials routinely escape accountability for gross misconduct /2
Very important investigation from Reuters. The US criminal justice system is broken.
OBJECTIONS OVERRULED - Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench
With 200 Trump judges sitting in lifetime judgeships, despite their extreme records and lack of qualifications, we're going to have to really step up public accountability of judges just to catch up to where we should be
if you want to feel a deep despair about the state of the U.S. judicial system, Reuters has a read for you this morning