Lawyer Cited For Making Racially Prejudice Statements During Trial
An Illinois lawyer is finally set to face citations and possibly other consequences for making statements that were reflective of racial prejudice during a murder trial in which a black man was found guilty of murdering another black man in July of 2011.
via Chicago Tribune
The state agency that disciplines lawyers has accused a longtime state’s attorney in a southern Illinois county of unprofessional conduct, saying his use of racially charged language at a murder trial “served no purpose other than to appeal to racial prejudice.”
In making its complaint public Wednesday, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati violated four rules of professional conduct.
His behavior during a July 2011 murder trial “tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or legal profession into disrepute,” the commission concluded.
The case stems from the trial of Marcus Marshall on charges he fatally shot LaQuinn Hudson at a party in Marion in August 2010. Authorities said Marshall fled to Chicago after the shooting and was later apprehended.
Marshall, who is black, was tried by an all-white jury, convicted of murder and sentenced to 85 years in prison.
During his closing argument, Garnati spoke of the small African-American community in Williamson County, saying that “there are some very good law-abiding citizens in that community here.” Trying to contrast how whites and blacks deal with police while referring to allegations that two black witnesses had recanted their statements, he began with the words, “Now in our white world, ladies and gentlemen….”
Garnati also told the jury that African-Americans typically carry their guns in their waistbands.
Forget a “citation”…..this racist prick needs to be FIRED!