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Probate judge who said George Floyd ‘got what he deserved’ is ordered removed from bench


An Alabama probate judge who allegedly said George Floyd ‘got what he deserved,’ talked about his sex life in the workplace, showed his employees pornographic videos, and scanned women’s bodies while ogling their breasts is set to be removed from office.

A state judicial ethics court on Friday ruled unanimously to remove Probate Judge Randy Jinks of Talladega County from his position on the bench.

Employees of Jinks allege that he once remarked about Floyd: ‘I don’t see anything wrong with the police killing him’ and that he ‘pretty much got what he deserved.’

Floyd is the 46-year-old black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police in May of last year – igniting nationwide protests, demonstrations, and rioting.

Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was convicted in Floyd’s death. He is serving a 22-and-a-half year prison sentence. 

Darrius Pearson, a black employee, testified in May 2019 that after Jinks saw his new car, he remarked that he could not afford one on his judge’s salary.

‘What you doing, selling drugs?’ Jinks is alleged to have asked Pearson.

The panel ruled that Jinks violated the state’s Canons of Judicial Ethics, which requires judges to uphold the honor of the judiciary, maintain decorum, and avoid impropriety.

An Alabama state judicial ethics court on Friday ruled unanimously to remove Probate Judge Randy Jinks of Talladega County from his position on the bench

The image above shows the Talladega County Courthouse located in Talladega County, Alabama

The image above shows the Talladega County Courthouse located in Talladega County, Alabama

News of the ruling was first reported by NBC News.

A lawyer for Jinks said that the complaint was ‘concocted by a few disgruntled’ employees and that allegations of racist comments by Jinks were ‘fabricated to generate antagonism with the public, the Court of Judiciary, and the media.’

In March, Jinks appeared on WOIL-TV and denied any wrongdoing after he was suspended.

‘I am a decent person,’ Jinks said. ‘I am very respectful around women.’

Darrius Pearson, a former employee of Jinks, came forward and alleged that Jinks made racist comments and used racial slurs out in the open

Darrius Pearson, a former employee of Jinks, came forward and alleged that Jinks made racist comments and used racial slurs out in the open

Employees of Jinks allege that he once remarked about Floyd: ‘I don’t see anything wrong with the police killing him’ and that he ‘pretty much got what he deserved.’ Floyd is the 46-year-old black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police in May of last year - igniting nationwide protests, demonstrations, and rioting. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, was convicted in Floyd's death. He is serving a 22-and-a-half year prison sentence

Employees of Jinks allege that he once remarked about Floyd: ‘I don’t see anything wrong with the police killing him’ and that he ‘pretty much got what he deserved.’ Floyd is the 46-year-old black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police in May of last year – igniting nationwide protests, demonstrations, and rioting. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was convicted in Floyd’s death. He is serving a 22-and-a-half year prison sentence 

He continued: ‘I do not use racial slurs. I do not go off on tirades in the office.’

Jinks said that when the initial complaint was filed, ‘it shook me when it first happened’ but that it later ‘moved me closer to the lord.’

‘I am not saying I haven’t made some errors, but the majority of these vicious, vile and vulgar accusations are nothing to fear.

‘They can say what they want, they can’t hurt me.’

As probate judge, Jinks is responsible for ruling in cases that include adoptions and guardianships, mental health commitments, and the issuing of marriage licenses.

Jinks, a Republican who was elected to a six-year judgeship in November 2018, does not have a legal background. Probate judges do not need a legal background to serve in Alabama.

According to the original 78-page complaint first filed in March, Jinks used profane language in the presence of his employees, initiated discussion of a sexual nature, including his preferences for women and pornography, and made overtly racist comments.

Employees alleged that after a black couple visited his office to fill out a marriage certificate, Jinks said: ‘What did their black asses want?’

The 78-page complaint lists about 100 alleged instances in which Jinks made disparaging and suggestive comments as well as uttered racial slurs.

Jinks, a Republican who was elected to a six-year judgeship in November 2018, does not have a legal background. Probate judges do not need a legal background to serve in Alabama

Jinks, a Republican who was elected to a six-year judgeship in November 2018, does not have a legal background. Probate judges do not need a legal background to serve in Alabama

On several occasions, he is alleged to have used the word ‘N****r’ aloud, in earshot of African-American employees.

When NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace reported finding a noose in the team garage at Talladega Superspeedway in June 2020, Jinks is alleged to have remarked that the driver was ‘just playing the black card.’

Jinks is also alleged to have made crude, unsolicited comments about his sexual preferences and tastes.

In March 2020, he is alleged to have told Pearson to his face: ‘While all this COVID-19 is going on, the only way to have sex is to “hit it from behind”.’

In July 2020, Jinks is alleged to have shown Pearson a video on his cell phone depicting ‘women flashing their breasts,’ according to the complaint.

The complaint also alleges that ‘when encountering women, including female customers and attorneys, Judge Jinks noticeably scans their bodies and then stares primarily at their breasts, even during conversation.’

One woman who worked in the office is said to have stopped wearing a certain blouse ‘because of the way Judge Jinks stared at her chest when she wore it one day.’

Jinks is also alleged to have told female staffers that he was ‘miserable’ in his marriage and that he wanted to be with ‘a younger woman.’

One woman also alleged that when she was at Pearson’s desk, Jinks ‘needlessly squeezed between her and the wall although there are two alternate, unconfined ways around the desk.

Jinks allegedly made frequent comments about women’s appearances, referred to other women as ‘b***es’ and ‘whores,’ and said: ‘I would not dare touch, look, or be with a fat woman.’ 



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