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Judges and Race


All facts, numbers, and statistics in my letter to the editor in the Sept./Oct. Journal came from the June 2018 special issue on judicial nominating procedures, which I assumed to be correct as they pertained only to Florida trial judges, the majority of whom are white males. Therefore, my letter was not “fake news” as economic considerations, plus voter bias, have a lot to do with why so many Florida state court judges are white guys.

Editor’s note:
The statistic in question comes from a report by Tracey E. George and Albert H. Yoon on behalf of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, “Who Sits in Judgment on State Courts?,” which was cited in “Rx Warning: Quitting Diversity Efforts Too Soon May Result in Harmful Relapse” by Eugene Pettis in the June issue of the Journal. The report stated that “men of color” make up 19 percent of the U.S. population, but 12 percent of state court judges nationwide.