Pic of Judge Joseph Williams via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
What the heck???
MSNBC is reporting this:
A black judge from western Pennsylvania rejected a plea agreement for a man accused of fighting with police during a traffic stop, saying it was “a ridiculous plea that only goes to white boys.”
The plea agreement was for a sentence of three months probation. Allegheny County Judge Joseph Williams said on Tuesday that a black defendant in that situation would not have been treated as leniently.
Williams later recused himself from the case, and a white judge accepted the plea agreement for 24-year-old Jeffery McGowan.
The defendant, who had no criminal record, agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct. He had faced charges including aggravated assault.
Can you imagine if the tables were turned, and it was a white judge saying, “black boy”, or something similar? The hue and cry would be deafening.
Meanwhile Rasmussen reports:
Perceptions about the state of black-white relations in America have fallen dramatically since the summer of 2009.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 36% of voters now say relations between blacks and whites are getting better. That’s down from 62% in July of last year at the height of the controversy involving a black Harvard professor and a white policeman.
Yeah, no kidding. I wonder why that could possibly be?