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Judge Resigns Over Online Racial Remarks


— March 5, 2004

A Virginia judge has resigned after the disclosure of racially charged remarks he wrote in an Internet chat room, including statements suggesting that blacks have a biological tendency toward violence.

Richmond General District Judge Ralph B. Robertson stepped down after 19 years on the bench. He stopped hearing cases last week and filed for retirement, which is to take effect April 1.

The Richmond Free Press, a weekly newspaper with a predominantly black readership, reported Thursday that Robertson endorsed the notion that “African-Americans are prone to crime and violence because it is in their genes” and agreed with another chat-room writer who said that some minorities are “people who have no regard for sanitation, courtesy, private property, etc.”

Details here from the AP via CNN.com.


A Virginia judge has resigned after the disclosure of racially charged remarks he wrote in an Internet chat room, including statements suggesting that blacks have a biological tendency toward violence.

Richmond General District Judge Ralph B. Robertson stepped down after 19 years on the bench. He stopped hearing cases last week and filed for retirement, which is to take effect April 1.

The Richmond Free Press, a weekly newspaper with a predominantly black readership, reported Thursday that Robertson endorsed the notion that “African-Americans are prone to crime and violence because it is in their genes” and agreed with another chat-room writer who said that some minorities are “people who have no regard for sanitation, courtesy, private property, etc.”

Details here from the AP via CNN.com.

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