A Racist Republican Judge? Excuse Me While I Fan Myself

Judge Edith Jones, Texan born and educated, sits on the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans and was appointed to the court by Ronald Reagan. She has earned her ultraconservative stripes over the years in fireworks fashion. She’s known as being anti-abortion, wanting the state to rush to execute death penalty cases, and seems to favor debtor’s prison for poor people rather than bankruptcy.


She’s a damn horse's patootie. She also wants to invalidate a federal ban on owning machine guns. Machine guns. Won’t that be fun? Hell, she considers Ronald Reagan a pussy-footed liberal.

Her name always bubbles around when Republicans are looking for Supreme Count nominees. Reagan and Bush both considered her. We dodged a bullet, Honey.

She made a speech earlier this year that is gaining some dandy attention.

The speech was not recorded but five students and one attorney have signed a complaint. Nobody who knows her would doubt for a New York minute that she did indeed say these things. These kinds of things roll off her tongue like "amens" from a tent revivalist.

Jones is accused of saying that certain “racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,” and are “prone to commit acts of violence” and be involved in more violent and “heinous” crimes than people of other ethnicities.

The judge also allegedly said Mexicans would prefer to be on death row in the United States than serving prison terms in their native country, and that it’s an insult for the U.S. to look to the laws of other countries such as Mexico.

She also said that claims of mental retardation by defendants “disgust her,” and that the fact that they committed a crime is proof that they are not retarded. Ring, ring! Judge Jones, it’s Joseph Heller on line one. He wants his satire back.And …

… she said a death sentence provides a service to capital-case defendants because they are likely to make peace with God only just before their execution.

Yeah, how’s that there for some Christianity? We’re gonna kill you so you can go make peace with God. Because, you know, we love you and God.

Judge Edith Jones, a real Texas kind of judge.

Juanita Jean blogs at The World's Most Dangerous Beauty Salon, Inc.

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