CNN’s Don Lemon laid into the judge who officiated at the arraignment and bond hearing for alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Roof. The reason? He referred to Roof’s family members as “victims.”
“We have victims – nine of them. But we also have victims on the other side. There are victims on this young man’s side of the family,” Judge James Gosnell said after listing the charges against Roof. “We must find it in our heart at some point in time not only to help those that are victims but to also help his family as well.”
According to the Daily Mail, the judge’s remarks resulted in utterances from the victims’ families in the public gallery, and a rash of complaints labeling him “insensitive” and “racist,”although there is no evidence of it on the video.
“I don’t know what to make of this,” Lemon began after the hearing. “One of the first things out of his mouth is that Dylann’s family are victims? What the hell is he talking about?”
“That was really shocking,” attorney-journalist Sunny Hostin agreed, calling the remarks “really inappropriate.”
The liberal media has focused on a prior in-court statement from the judge to paint him as a racist.
Gosnell was reprimanded in 2003 for using the n-word in court, according to the Daily Beast. He reportedly told a black defendant, “There are four kinds of people in this world – black people, white people, red necks, and n—rs.”
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