In Rand Paul’s home state of Kentucky, a family just got a lesson in crime and punishment. Two years ago they were quietly hanging around their home just being a family. Doing “family stuff.”
Their two year old daughter was watching “SpongeBob.” The subject of race and racism wasn’t on their horizon.
That’s when all hell broke loose.
George Wallace and Marquis McAfee, both 27-year-old black men, were arrested shortly after the home invasion and robbery. Both men entered a guilty plea and McAfee, who was on probation at the time, is currently serving 10 years in prison for the home invasion.
Which brings us to Mr. Wallace.
Mr. Wallace, who entered a guilty plea to the crime, admitted to holding the family, including their two year old daughter, at gun point. Needless to say, the whole family was terrorized by the experience. And, Mr. Wallace had entered a guilty plea to the crime which carries a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison.
Enter Judge Olu Stevens. Judge Stevens was appointed to the court in 2009 and was reelected to a new term on the bench last year. He was unopposed.
The family provided a victim impact statement to the court explaining how the crime had effected their family. A center-piece in their statement was the impact on their little girl, who had been happily watching “SpongeBob” when two black criminals with guns came through their door and she was forced to watch them put guns in her daddy’s face while they robbed the family.
She was terrorized by the incident.
Their victim impact statement noted that two years after the home invasion she was “in constant fear of black men.”
“Whenever we are running errands, if we come across a black male, she holds me tight and begs me to leave,” the mother said. “It has affected her friendships at school and our relationships with African-American friends.”
Let’s note a couple of things from this statement.
First, the little girl IS NOW in fear of men who look like the people who held guns to her daddy’s face. That would be since the incident. It’s apparent from the statement that she held no malice toward blacks prior to seeing her daddy held at gunpoint.
Second, the crime has caused problems for her with her black friends at school and with the black friends of the family.
So, she – and her family – had black friends and acquaintances prior to the crime.
Here’s what the judge had to say.
“I am offended. … I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all black men,” he said.
“This little girl certainly has been victimized, and she can’t help the way she feels,” he said. “My exception is more with her parents and their accepting that kind of mentality and fostering those type of stereotypes.”
“Do three year olds form such generalized, stereotyped and racist opinions of others?” he wrote. “I think not. Perhaps the mother had attributed her own views to her child as a manner of sanitizing them.”
He sentenced George Wallace to five years probation in lieu of the maximum 20 years.
In other words, this sanctimonious judge thinks that if you are afraid of black men because you’ve been terrorized in your home by two of them with guns, you’re a racist.
The judge justified his sentence in a Facebook post saying that the victim impact statement had no influence in his decision, this was Wallace’s first crime.
The judge’s decision, and his Facebook post has earned him support in the Race Industry community, but it’s also bringing some heat from all over the country.
In an email, Ronald Rotunda, a law professor at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and the author of a widely used course book on legal ethics, said Stevens violated the Code of Judicial Conduct, both by using the prestige of his office to further his personal interests and by commenting on a pending case on Facebook.
“The judge, acting like a pop psychologist, decides to attack the little girl and her parents,” Rotunda said. “Then, after the judge … has a chance to cool down … he goes on Facebook and does it all over again. The judge should be a little more judicious.”
Stevens is an elected judge. A movement has already started to remove him from office. We wish them well. We’ve also got a couple of nice feather pillows that we’re willing to contribute to the effort.
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