A county judge in Georgia and two others are accused to using racial slurs in an open courtroom. Fox 5 reports that a judge at the Fannin County Courthouse is accused of using the “n-word” to reference a man who would be standing before him — but some say that it’s important to consider “context.”
According to witnesses, Green (who is African-American) was waiting to testify at a bond hearing for his friend Robert Vivian. When Judge Roger Bradley asked about Green’s identity, the two Sheriff’s deputies responded, “N*gger Ray.”
According to the witnesses, the judge then told a story about an African-American bootlegger in the country who used the moniker, “N*gger Bob.”
“I overheard the n-word followed by ‘Ray,’” McCaysville Police Officer Michael Early told Fox 5. He confirmed that multiple others had used the word in the courtroom that morning.
Some say the judge’s words are simply misunderstood, because context is everything. Bradley’s defenders claim they were referring to Green’s “street name,” but Green says that not only does he not have a “street name,” but no one has called him “N*gger Ray” in his lifetime — until now, that is.
“It hurts. It still hurts right now,” Green said. “It’s a subject that my grandfather, my great-grandfather, had to deal with. Not me.”
According to Fox 5, the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates allegations of ethical misconduct by Georgia judges, will be investigating the incident. Green has hired an attorney and says the judge and deputies should be reprimanded.
“This should not be brushed underneath the table,” he said.
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