(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 3/5/18) – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) joins the Greater Houston Coalition For Justice, the ACLU, NAACP, and a number of other civil rights advocacy organizations in calling for the resignation of Judge Michael T. McSpadden over biased comments he made regarding African-American defendants.
His comments are not only prejudicial but are counter to his duty to serve as an unbiased judicial representative of the criminal justice system.
CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll said in a statement:
“We view these remarks as judicially intemperate and irresponsible. We are also disturbed that his remarks are inherently unfair and set a dangerous precedent regarding the equitable treatment of African-American defendants. His unfounded remarks about “they’re not getting good advice from their parents” are equally disturbing and play into age-old stereotypes about black people that -- in this case -- appear to justify abrogation of the law and the defendant’s rights. Therefore, we fully support the demand for Judge Michael T. McSpadden’s resignation.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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