Complaint Against Judge Accused Of Racial Bias Reaches Washington

AP

A complaint against Judge Edith Jones of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was transferred Wednesday to an appeals court in Washington, D.C., the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

A coalition group of civil rights organizations filed the complaint accusing Jones of racial bias based on a speech she made at the University of Pennsylvania in February. The only indication that the complaint had been transferred was a notice posted on the 5th Circuit Court’s website.

The chief judge on the 5th Circuit, Carl Stewart, was in charge of handling the complaint; according to the Times-Picayune, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts allowed Stewart to invoke a judicial rule allowing transfers of complaints “in exceptional circumstances” and chose the D.C. Circuit’s Judicial Council to continue handling Jone’s case. 

Jones has yet to comment publicly on the allegations against her.

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