Justice isn’t blind for one courtroom in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
In Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens’ courtroom, Lady Justice is pulling up her blindfold — and doesn’t like what she sees.
Stevens dismissed an entire panel of 41 jurors sent to his courtroom last week to hear a drug trial involving a black defendant because only three of the 41 were black.
“The concern is that the panel is not representative of the community,” Stevens said, despite objections from both the defense and prosecutor, according to Louisville’s WDRB.
And this wasn’t the first time Stevens, who is black, has dismissed a jury because he felt it was lacking minorities. Now the state Supreme Court is going to determine whether the judge is abusing his power.
On Nov. 18, after a 13-member jury chosen for a theft trial ended up with no black jurors, Stevens found it “troublesome” and dismissed the panel at the request of a defense attorney.
“There is not a single African-American on this jury and (the defendant) is an African-American man,” Stevens said, according to a video of the trial. “I cannot in good conscious go forward with this jury.”
A new jury was empaneled the following day.
Stevens has made a habit of flirting with controversy.
When hearing the case of one of two armed, black home invaders in April, Stevens said he was “deeply offended” — not by the criminals, but because the crime left a 3-year-old girl understandably traumatized and “in constant fear of black men,” according to her mother’s victim impact statement.
Stevens ended up sentencing the defendant in that case to probation — even though a firearm was used during the commission of the crime.
Watch the video, via WDRB, Louisville, and tell us what you think.
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