Judge at Dylann Roof’s Bond Hearing Once Used N-Word in Court


The judge at the bond hearing for Charleston shooting suspect was once disciplined for using the n-word in court. James Gosnell got some attention when people discovered a public reprimand for not just that remark, but showing favoritism towards another judge.

The public document illustrates how Gosnell, back in 2003, helped out a fellow judge who was arrested for DUI and having an open container in his vehicle. Gosnell did everything he could to help the other judge speed through his bond hearing so he could be released, but did not comply with an administrative order to give bond hearings to all other incarcerated individuals.

But it’s this that’s getting the most attention:

On November 6, 2003, respondent presided over a bond reduction hearing. Respondent represents he knew the defendant, the defendant’s father, and the defendant’s grandfather.

Respondent represents that when the defendant, an African-American, appeared in court for the bond hearing, respondent recalled a statement made to him by a veteran African American sheriff’s deputy that “there are four kinds of people in this world – black people, white people, red necks, and n_____.” Respondent alleges he repeated this statement to the defendant in an ill-considered effort to encourage him to recognize and change the path he had chosen in life.

Gosnell was reprimanded for his conduct.

Gosnell made a remark at Roof’s bond hearing about Roof’s family also being “victims,” which really set lots of people off.

Watch CNN’s report on Gosnell’s comments below:

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