Group That Sponsored Judge’s Talk At UPenn Rejects Racial Bias Accusations

The University of Pennsylvania group that sponsored a senior federal judge’s lecture at the university’s law school in February is rejecting accusations that the judge’s remarks displayed bias against minorities.  

A number of civil rights groups and legal ethicists on Tuesday filed a complaint against Judge Edith H. Jones, of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that her remarks in February violated the code of conduct for federal judges. But the Penn Federalist Society, which sponsored Jones’ lecture, called the accusations “frivolous” in a post written Tuesday on the group’s Facebook page. 

“One-sided reporting and frivolous accusations,” the society wrote above a link to an Associated Press story about the complaint against Jones. “Rest assured the Federalist Society does not host or harbor racist speakers. We’re disappointed that constructive dialogue about federal habeas relief is being misrepresented like this.”

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