Monday, September 16, 2013

The 'white male' experience." Quote by Muscogee County Superior Court judge John Allen

Judge Allen discusses potential successor in memo to Gov. Deal
In a Sept. 5 memo, retiring Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen has asked Gov. Nathan Deal to consider race and gender when he makes two local judicial appointments later this year.

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Judge Allen asks Gov. Deal to consider race and gender when appointing two new judges

Retiring Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen has asked Gov. Nathan Deal to consider race and gender when he makes two local judicial appointments later this year.
"Unquestionably, judges are influenced in their notions of justice by their unique life experiences," Allen wrote in a Sept. 5 memo to the Georgia governor. "It would be a travesty to the population served if their justice is reflected only in terms of the 'white male' experience."
Allen is the only black judge in the local circuit.
Currently, there are six local Superior Court judges. When Allen, 70, retires on Oct. 31, all five of the remaining judges will be white males. Allen's memo to the governor comes as Deal prepares to appoint two new judges in the six-county Chattahoochee Circuit. The Georgia General Assembly recently added a seventh judge.
Superior Court judges are appointed in a two-step process. The Judicial Nominating Commission interviews prospective candidates, then creates a short list that is sent to the governor, who conducts his own interviews and makes the appointment.
"All appointments to the bench go through an extensive interview process with the Judicial Nominating Commission," Deal's office said in a statement after receiving Allen's memo. "The commission members are distinguished members of the legal profession from throughout the state, and they recommend to the governor the candidates they deem most qualified to serve the people in their jurisdiction. Diversity is one of many important considerations in these decisions."
The governor's office referred questions to commission co-chairman Pete Robinson, a Columbus resident and managing partner of the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP.
"I understand his thought process and I understand his feelings," Robinson said of Allen's memo. "I have known John for 30 years. I respect him as a friend and I respect him as a judge."
When Allen was sworn in, Robinson introduced then-Gov. Zell Miller at Allen's investiture.
"The Judicial Nominating Commission will listen to those sentiments because diversity is a consideration we take into account when making recommendations to the governor for qualified members of the judiciary," Robinson said Friday.
In the last three years, two judges have been appointed to the Chattahoochee bench. Then-Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed William Rumer in July 2010 to replace the late Robert Johnston, who retired amid a judicial misconduct investigation. In 2011, Deal appointed Art Smith to replace retiring Judge Doug Pullen, who also left in the middle of a judicial misconduct investigation.
"If the pattern of the two most recent appointments is continued in the two impending vacancies, the superior court bench of this circuit will be composed of seven white males," Allen wrote to Deal. "The demographics of this circuit are such that an all white male superior court bench would be egregiously unrepresentative of the population served."
Allen's memo to the governor outlines the racial and gender makeup of Muscogee, Harris, Taylor, Marion, Talbot and Chattahoochee counties.
There are more than 250,000 people in the circuit, which is 52 percent white and 41 percent black, according to the demographic breakdown Allen sent the governor. The circuit is 51 percent women and 49 percent men.
Allen said he had a couple of reasons for sending the memo to the governor.
"First, I want the committee in deliberation to be aware of the demographics of the circuit," Allen said. "I also believe that judges dispense justice based on their life experiences."
In his memo to the governor, Allen called it "the face of justice."
The Judicial Nominating Committee began taking nominations for the two judgeships this month. That nominating process closes Monday. Interviews with the commission will be conducted next month in Atlanta. There is no timetable for the governor to make his appointments once the commission makes its recommendations.
As of Friday, at least 13 attorneys had been nominated for the judgeships.
The list includes District Attorney Julia Slater, Assistant District Attorney Wesley Lambertus, Chief Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker, Attorney Assistant District Attorney LaRae Dixon Moore, Assistant District Attorney Sadhana Pandey Dailey and State Court Solicitor Ben Richardson. Local attorneys Ronald Mullins, Carter Page Schondelmayer, Donna S. Hix, Mark Wortham, Rachelle Denise Hunter, Rebecca Crowley and Raymond E. Tillery have also been nominated.
The pool, as it stands one day before close of nominations, is diverse. There are seven women and six men, and seven whites, five blacks and one of other descent.
Five of the nominees are coming out of the district attorney's office. One, Mullins, has been on the short list of the last two appointments. Moore, who ran unsuccessfully against Art Smith last year, was on the list submitted to Deal in 2011.

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  1. Judge Allen is actually a nice 'judge'. He must feel like he has to say these things. Too bad he really doesn't. We have a female mayor here. Perhaps long ago the NAACP or some other such group helped him and his family and now that he is retiring he feels he needs to comment in such a way. From what I have seen of him, he really wouldn't care. He has stayed out of the limelight completely on racial affairs. His comment suprised me.

  2. I hate misspellings like Dustin. Surprise! Hope you have had a good day and the OPP has not been harrassing or worrying you.

  3. "The white male experience"? What is the white male experience? Columbus, Ga.-based Superior Court Judge John Allen, who is black, urged Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in a Sept. 5 memo to "consider race and gender" when he appoints a replacement for him when he ( Allen ) retires on Oct.31. Allen added in his memo, "unquestionably judges are influenced in their notions of justice by their unique life experiences." "It would be a travesty to the population served if their justice is reflected only in terms of "the white male experience" Allen said in the memo. "The white male experience"? Decades of Jewish media and public school conditioning have ardently imbued Americans with the notion that all races and both sexes are equal, think and act the same, are of one voice. If this is indeed the case, why would it matter, then, what race or gender occupies whatever position? If the law is the law, so we're told, it should not matter who administers it, whether the administrator be white, black, male or female...or Martian. The dirty little secret hidden from the uninformed, naive American public is that the law, while claiming to be objective, is, in fact subjective, as Judge Allen, a closet black racist, tacitly admits in his memo to the Georgia governor. The truth is the truth, and the truth of black racism will out, as manifest in the racist statements of Judge John Allen.

  4. John Allen is an unabashed racist. His actions on the bench and statements off it clearly reflect his attitude. The sad thing is that it will be much more difficult for "black" men and women to be trusted with a superior court judgeship because of him. He has shot himself in the foot and done his community a great disservice. He ought to be ashamed of himself. We are one community and until weak minded people like Allen let go of their antiquated racism we will continue to be a community divided. Content of character, not color of skin should determine whom we as a community choose to represent us on the bench and elsewhere.