A Florida judge is resigning at the ripe age of 66 over insane comments he said to have made while on the bench. Duval Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey III was under investigation for remarks uttered in the courtroom including referring to a female attorney as a “b*tch” and a “c*nt.”
He was also accused of saying Blacks should “get back on a ship and go back to Africa.”
If impeached, Hulsey would have been the first judge in over 40 years to be ousted in such a manner. The resignation may have spared him that embarrassment. On Monday, he sent his walking papers to Gov. Rick Scott by email and hand delivery, writing: “I hereby tender my resignation as a judge of the Circuit Court of the State of Florida, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Group 25, effective this 23rd day of January, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.” He added: “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of the state of Florida.”
Despite his comments about Black people, several of his colleagues, including one Black attorney, has come to his defense. “I’ve never seen anything consistent with that type of statement,” Jacksonville lawyer A. Wellington Barlowe told WJXT, a Jacksonville television station. “As a matter of fact, it’s been the very opposite. [Hulsey] has a reputation in the courthouse among just about everybody I can think of — white lawyers, black lawyers, men and women — he has a reputation for being fair to every litigant that comes before him.”
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