Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens dismissed an entire jury because he felt it was too white. Specifically, that the jury was too white to fairly provide a sentence for a black defendant.
“The concern is that the panel is not representative of the community,” said Stevens, who brought in a new group of jurors despite objections from both the defense and prosecutor.
And this wasn’t the first time Stevens, who is black, has dismissed a jury because he felt it was lacking enough minorities. Now the state Supreme Court is going to determine whether the judge is abusing his power.
On Nov. 18, after a 13-member jury chosen for a theft trial ended up with no black jurors, Stevens found it “troublesome” and dismissed the panel at the request of a defense attorney.
“There is not a single African-American on this jury and (the defendant) is an African-American man,” Stevens said, according to a video of the trial. “I cannot in good conscience go forward with this jury.”
A new jury panel was called up the next day.
Judge Stevens is no Atticus Finch, despite whatever delusions of grandeur may have given him to believe when he attained the position of Circuit Court Judge. This is just another example of the burgeoning discrimination against whites.
You can bet that Judge Stevens would not have come to the same conclusion were the defendant White and the jury was comprised of blacks. But the liberals want you to remember: diversity is good, whites are bad.