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A group of civil rights organizations and legal ethicists filed a complaint of misconduct against a senior federal judge on Tuesday, alleging that recent remarks of hers showed bias against minority groups and an inappropriate religious belief in the death penalty.

The complaint, against Judge Edith H. Jones of Houston, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asserts that at a speech at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in February she said that blacks and Hispanics were more prone than others to commit violent crimes and that a death sentence was a service to defendants because it allowed them to make peace with God.

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A spokesman for the law school, Steven Barnes, said that the Federalist Society, the conservative group that hosted the speech, did not record it and that there appeared to be no transcript.

A request for comment left with Judge Jones’s chambers in Houston was not immediately answered.

According to the complaint, Judge Jones, 64, who was nominated to the bench by President Ronald Reagan, and who until recently was the chief judge of the Fifth Circuit and mentioned during Republican administrations as a possible Supreme Court nominee, said that “racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime.”

http://www.nytimes.com/...

And to think she was seriously considered for Supreme Court vacancies by both Bushes.

*Props to anyone who knows the diary title's reference.

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