(PITTSBURGH, PA, 2/7/2020)Â — TheÂ PittsburghÂ chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh)Â today called for the resignation of an Allegheny County judge who recently made racist comments about a juror.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark V. Tranquilli was reassigned after he referred to an African-American female juror who wore a head wrap as “Aunt Jemima.â€ Judge Tranquilli also reportedly criticized a prosecutor for not striking the woman from the jury pool for a â€œpresumed bias in favor of heroin dealersâ€ because her â€œbaby daddyâ€ probably sells heroin.
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In a statement,Â CAIR-Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine MohamedÂ said:
“We call for the resignation of Judge Tranquilli because his prejudicialÂ remarks are antithetical to the role assigned to a judge and they threaten the constitutional rights of the people and the unbiased application of the law.”Â
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.