Alabama Judge Accused Of Asking Black Employee If He Sold Drugs To Purchase Car Removed From Office
The Black employee said the judge saw his new car and asked him how he was able to afford it.
November 01, 2021 at 9:26 pm
Randy Jinks, a white probate judge in Alabama, has been removed from office after being accused of making racist and sexist remarks on numerous occasions. According to NBC News, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary held a multiday hearing and concluded that the Talladega County judge violated several ethical guidelines.
The evidence against the judge included a recording in which he was heard repeating a meme about the nationwide racial unrest that happened in 2020.
"You sons of b***hes are going to need something to burn down after Trump gets reelected for a second term, sons of b***hes," the judge was heard saying in the recording.
Jinks has been suspended since the spring for more than 100 allegations related to racist and sexist conversations that employees said he initiated. Among the allegations, Jinks is accused of talking about pornography and a video of a woman doing a striptease.
Employees also said the judge made insensitive remarks about George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as about Black people who came into the office. He is also accused of making disparaging comments about Darrius Pearson, a Black employee at the office.
Pearson testified in 2019, saying Jinks saw his new car and asked him how he was able to afford it.
"What are you doing, selling drugs?" the judge said, according to Pearson.
Additionally, Jinks is accused of unleashing random tirades, including a time when he allegedly became furious after realizing that his sandwich was missing from a refrigerator.
The probate judge, who has been serving as the county's chief election official, took the position after he was elected to a six-year term in Nov. 2018. He was tasked with the issuing of marriage licenses, as well as overseeing adoptions, guardianships and mental health commitments.
His attorney, Amanda Hardy, said the judge's "remarks were taken completely out of context" and cast in a light calculated to besmirch his character. In an interview with WOTM-TV, Jinks denied the allegations.
"I am not saying I haven't made some errors, but the majority of these vicious, vile and vulgar accusations are nothing to fear," he said. "They can say what they want, they can't hurt me."
Jinks is considering the possibility of appealing the decision to the Supreme Court of Alabama.