Judge Joseph K. Williams is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore! The Allegheny County, Pa., judge made headlines Tuesday when he denied a plea deal for a white defendant accused of trying to fight with cops after a traffic stop because he said the prosecutor who offered it negotiates plea deals only for "white boys."
Williams, who is black, claimed the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Brian Catanzarite, "comes up with, I think, ridiculous pleas whenever it's a young white guy ... if this had been a black kid who did the same thing, we wouldn't be talking about three months' probation." Cantarazite said another prosecutor came up with the plea deal in question, and that he "comes up with offers based on facts." Well, that argument is going in circles. It probably wasn't wise for Williams to take out his anger on a first-time offender who might have deserved a plea deal, but just imagine the kinds of things he sees on the bench day in and day out. Can you blame him for being frustrated?
Hmmmm... No. It was a racist and stupid comment to make as a sitting judge. He has a problem then don't do it in that setting.
From the Pitts-Review:
Another race issue arose last week before Williams when Freedom Bey, a black man from Larimer convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, asked for a new trial because the jury was all white.
Williams denied the request, saying that he agreed jurors probably didn't understand Bey's rough upbringing, but that some issues transcend cultural differences.
"Things are not perfect, but some of us manage to get through it without killing people, without dealing drugs, without hurting other people," the judge said last week.
The judge has some issues.