Charleston County Magistrate James B. Gosnell Jr. has already proven himself to be a questionable choice to preside over the Charleston church shooting case. At the initial hearing for Dylann Roof, the 20-year-old suspected off killing nine innocent Black people on June 17, Gosnell angered many when he divided his sympathy between the victims and Roof’s family, who have been perceived through many reports for letting him fly off the handle due to a lack of parenting.
If that wasn’t enough to get the outrage boiling, the judge also went out of his way to make mention of a bond for the separate gun charge when the nine murders charges made it meaningless to bring up.
Now, just like Roof’s and the families of the victims, the back story of Gosnell is being probed and it has been discovered that he was once publicly reprimanded for openly saying the n-word in court.
In November 2003, Gosnell said he repeated a phrase to a Black defendant that he had heard a Black sheriff’s deputy say out loud at a bond hearing.
“There are four kinds of people in this world… Black people, white people, red necks, and n——,” as learned by The Daily Beast. The reported reasoning for saying the “ill-considered” statement was to get the young defendant to turn his life around.
The South Carolina Supreme Court’s website has official record of the judicial disciplinary order that was issued in October 2005. The next scheduled court date for the Roof case is on October 23.
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