Judge Accused of Ethics Breaches; He is Suing Commission

Kentucky’s Judicial Conduct Commission has accused Judge Olu Stevens, an African-American jurist in Jefferson County, of violating the canons of judicial ethics. Only last week, Stevens sued the commission, contending it intended to punish him in violation of his First Amendment rights (see Gavel Grab).

According to The Associated Press, six charges of misconduct were lodged against Stevens “for a series of racially charged public comments.” The AP elaborated, “The charges largely stem from a months-long public feud between Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens and Commonwealth Attorney Thomas Wine, who is white. The commission found that Stevens violated judicial canons when he publically alleged that Wine wants ‘all-white juries,’ a suggestion Wine has vehemently denied.”

Stevens has filed a motion to dismiss the ethics charges, according to WLKY.