A Kentucky judge who rose to national prominence for dismissing all-White jury panels is under fire again. This time, it’s over social media posts against prosecutors, as tensions rise in his “racially charged legal battle,” according to The New York Daily News.
Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton was expected to rule in the case about Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens this week, but the decision on whether he will be removed from all criminal cases was delayed until next week.
Per The Daily News:
Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine called for Stevens to be recused from criminal cases after the judge criticized the prosecutor’s office in a series of Facebook posts.
“When a black man is acquitted and then the prosecutor asserts his right to an all white jury panel, those who remain silent have chosen comfort over principle,” Stevens wrote on Nov. 14.
“History will unfavorably judge a prosecutor who loses a jury trial in which a black man is acquitted and then appeals the matter claiming his entitlement to an all white jury panel. No matter the outcome, he will live in infamy,” he wrote Nov. 12.
Stevens gained national attention recently for dismissing an all-white, 13-member jury panel, calling the lack of diversity “troublesome.”
We agree, it is “troublesome.” We’re glad Stevens is speaking out, because stacking the jury is one way of perpetuating systemic racism. We wish him luck next week.
SOURCE: The New York Daily News | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform