A New York Judge Loses His Seat Over an Incendiary Endorsement of the Death Penalty. Is This Justice?
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In New York, a judge recently expressed favor toward old-fashioned capital punishment, along with what appeared to be an ‘attaboy for Trump.
Altona Town Court Justice Kyle R. Canning posted to social media an image of a noose with the following caption:
“IF WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE EVIL PEOPLE FEAR PUNISHMENT AGAIN.”
See the image via this link.
Of course, public hangings used to be the method of choice when death penalty cases were taken to their furthest corporal end.
But contemporary society seems to have an ever-shorter memory, and the rope was interpreted by some as a murderous message about black people.
A formal complaint was filed by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, claiming Kyle seemed to “convey racial and/or political bias” and “failed to act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.”
Commission administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian accused Kyle of using “the image of the noose in making a political point.”
In an issued statement, Robert reamed Kyle:
“The noose is an incendiary image with repugnant racial connotations. It is the very antithesis of law and justice.”
But Kyle told The New York Times he had no intention of anything racial.
Furthermore, he’s a registered Democrat:
“There is not a man that I could despise more than Donald Trump.”
That statement definitely wouldn’t have gotten him in trouble.
Kyle explained that he was just touting the effectiveness of the death penalty:
“It could have been a gas chamber. It could have been an electric chair.”
Should his posting have brought the scourge of his industry? Was it just that he be censured? What’s more important — his intent or its perception?
Of course, he has a point — despite the evident impression of some in this racially charged climate, hanging was long ago the standard ultimate criminal punishment for all races in America, just as slavery existed all over the world among various races before America undertook its shamefulness.
But the moment’s what matters, and Kyle’s depiction of a noose means he won’t ever have to deal with a hung jury. On Tuesday, he resigned from his position and promised to never again hold judicial office.
He’d only just last year took the $8,700-a-year position.
In his letter of resignation, of the commission’s filing against him, Kyle explained, “They have presented me with several different options in resolving what they claim to be a serious offense.”
Despite a loss of almost ten grand, Kyle’s still rolling in the dough. According to the Times, he delivers bread for a living.
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