Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tennessee judge reprimanded for treatment of illegal immigrants

NASHVILLE — A Dickson County juvenile court judge who was censured last year for drunken conduct has been reprimanded again, this time for bias directed at illegal immigrants.

The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary issued a letter of reprimand against Judge A. Andrew Jackson today after investigating a complaint.

According to the letter, Jackson consistently determined that immigrant juveniles who had illegal or questionable legal status in the United States were ‘‘dependent and neglected.’’ When he was told this was inappropriate, he found them to be unruly and jailed them.

The Court of the Judiciary said the public censure is the toughest discipline short of seeking to remove a judge from office.

Jackson was not in his office this afternoon for comment.

The judge was censured last May for drinking too much at a judicial conference and using a racial slur.

Source: JacksonSun

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