Racism alive and well inside King County Washington Superior Court

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”
Muhammad Ali


Most attorneys in Washington State have taken and passed Constitutional law while in law school.  For me, the right to a fair trial under the 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution is one major component against judicial discrimination.

 

The Sixth Amendment requires juries and fact finders such as judges to be impartial. Impartiality has been interpreted as requiring individual jurors to be unbiased, well stated, 

In Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado (2017), the Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment requires a court in a criminal trial to investigate whether a jury’s guilty verdict was based on racial bias. For a guilty verdict to be set-aside based on the racial bias of a juror, the defendant must prove that the racial bias “was a significant motivating factor in the juror’s vote to convict.” 

According to the Washington State Judicial Ethics Commission,  Judges, while performing bench trials, are under the mandate as a jury to not discriminate.


Discrimination alive and well inside King County Washington Superior Court

 

On May 25, 2017, Washington State Judicial Ethics Commission received a complaint against King County Superior Court Judge Douglas North.

Judge Douglas North on October 21, 2015, during a murder trial involving two defendants,  presided over a hearing (outside the presence of the jury) to determine whether certain text messages found on the victim’s phone from a person known only as “Charisma” would be admitted. Their relevance and admissibility turned, in part, on whether “Charisma” was a gang member and likely to carry out the threat in the text messages.

During the course of this hearing Judge Douglas North said: “But we don’t have any information, of course, about Mr. Charisma, so we don’t know whether he’s some white guy like me making a threat or somebody who’s actually, you know, more likely to be a gangster.” 

 

The last thing we need is a Judge who is a racist here in Washington State. The right to a fair trial should never be infringed upon for any reason.  The Sixth Amendment does not say ” only white guys like me.” The Sixth Amendment has no race, and applies equally to all Americans, whether you’re African American, Native American, Caucasian, Hispanic, etc and a Judge that doesn’t understand this basic Constitutional provisions afforded to all Americans must be removed from office.

In my opinion, King County Superior Court Judge Douglas North must resign without collecting a single welfare check from the taxpayers of Washington State.  Washington residents taxpayer monies should not be spent to inflate a racist Judge.


Judge Douglas North plead guilty for making racist comments by Washington State’s Judicial Ethics Commission.  A copy of the complaint is provided below.

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