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Florida Teen’s Advocates Lash Judge


— June 28, 2005

The attorney for a black 19-year-old Broward resident jailed by Broward Circuit Judge Eileen O’Connor because he allegedly lied about his arrest history during jury selection stepped up the pressure Monday for O’Connor to step down from the criminal bench.

“Time is of the essence,” the lawyer, Bill Gelin, said at a press conference Monday at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. “Put yourself in the position of an African-American defendant. You may already think the system is stacked against you to begin with, and you read in the newspapers that the judge has not disclosed” a racial complaint filed against her on a judicial application.

His client, Stacey Forbes, said: “She sent me to jail for the same thing she’d done. She should be removed. That would be fair.”

Details here from the Miami Herald. I posted about Mr. Forbes’ jailing earlier here.


The attorney for a black 19-year-old Broward resident jailed by Broward Circuit Judge Eileen O’Connor because he allegedly lied about his arrest history during jury selection stepped up the pressure Monday for O’Connor to step down from the criminal bench.

“Time is of the essence,” the lawyer, Bill Gelin, said at a press conference Monday at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. “Put yourself in the position of an African-American defendant. You may already think the system is stacked against you to begin with, and you read in the newspapers that the judge has not disclosed” a racial complaint filed against her on a judicial application.

His client, Stacey Forbes, said: “She sent me to jail for the same thing she’d done. She should be removed. That would be fair.”

Details here from the Miami Herald. I posted about Mr. Forbes’ jailing earlier here.

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