Judge Demands the Governor Not Create All-White Bench

Retiring Judge John Allen asks the governor to consider the "face of justice" as he makes appointments

, Daily Report


The sole African-American judge on the Chattahoochee Circuit's Superior Court for the past 21 years has asked Governor Nathan Deal to consider color—the "face of justice"—in filling two seats on the seven-member bench. Judge John Allen, who will retire as the court's chief judge on Oct. 31, wrote in a memo sent to the governor and his Judicial Nominating Commission that an all-white and male judiciary in the Columbus area circuit would be "egregiously unrepresentative of the population served."

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Originally appeared in print as Judge demands the governor not create all white bench

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  • Curious Reader

    Why doesn't anybody ever look Atlanta Municipal Court--it has all black people with one white person?? I'm sure Deal is looking for the most qualified person--as Reed looked for the most qualified person.

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