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CAIR-Pittsburgh Calls for Resignation of Judge Who Made Racist Remarks About Juror

(PITTSBURGH, PA, 2/7/2020) — The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh) 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.†Judge Tranquilli also reportedly criticized a prosecutor for not striking the woman from the jury pool for a “presumed bias in favor of heroin dealers†because her “baby daddy†probably sells heroin.

SEE: Pa. judge accused of calling juror ‘Aunt Jemima’ suspended

Complaint: Reassigned Allegheny County judge referred to black juror as ‘Aunt Jemima’

In a statement, CAIR-Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed said:

“We call for the resignation of Judge Tranquilli because his prejudicial 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.” 

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 misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR-Pittsburgh Executive Director Christine Mohamed,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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