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An Alabama judge who used a fake Asian accent in the courtroom has been suspended and charged

A Mobile County Circuit Court judge in Alabama has been suspended and charged with inappropriate behavior and temperament based on multiple allegations, including a racist comment to a prospective Asian American juror.

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry, the state agency that investigates complaints against judges, accused Judge James Patterson of violating judicial ethics with his inappropriate remarks and repeated profanity in court.

The commission filed two charges, including inappropriate behavior and temperament and abuse of judicial authority, against Patterson on June 15.

The allegations refer to his remarks about Republican Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. He would have mentioned the 77 years old as “Governor. MeMaw” in an order complaining about a stay-at-home order issued at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Patterson allegedly used profanity while presiding over hearings and also made reference to another judge like a “godd*mn snowflake” in front of the lawyers.

The complaint against him also says Patterson made a racist comment in a fake Asian accent to a group of jurors with at least one Asian American juror. He would have made a inappropriate remark that everyone in court was able to speak English when they saw the Asian juror.

Patterson quickly apologized to the jury for the inappropriate remark. He called his remark a “dumb, stupid joke” and denied any racism on social media.

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The judge was also accused of making demeaning comments to the defendants, which caused an emotional outburst for a defendant’s mother on one occasion.

“Liberals call anyone they disagree with a racist these days. I’m no such thing,” Patterson allegedly wrote in 2019, according to the commission’s complaint.

He also apologized to Ivey in a letter, calling his “Gov. MeMaw” remark “a poor attempt at humor amid this Covid-19 mess.” However, he continued to use the term in discussions with lawyers, according to investigators.

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Patterson did not submit a response to the commission charges. If found guilty, the penalty can be as severe as impeachment.

Featured image via NBC 15

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