Alabama judges removed from office; Court finds racist behavior and sexually inappropriate behavior
Talladega County’s probate judge Randy Jinks was dismissed Friday after the Alabama court found that his racist and sexually inappropriate behavior violated the ethical rules of the judiciary.
Jinks’ attorney denied the allegations on Sunday, saying he was considering an appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.
The nine-member court tried charges brought by the Alabama Judicial Investigative Board in March. The trial, which ended last week, was ordered by the court to include 18 witnesses presented by the commission and nine others from Jinks’ attorneys.
In its order to remove Jinks from office, the court found that the commission pursuing the ethical allegations provided clear and convincing evidence that Jinks had violated the ethical canons of the judiciary.
The court included:
- “Showing racist behavior when he asked a lawyer – in the presence of an estate agent – if he knew of an acronym for a racial designation with the ‘N-word’.
- Asks “Darrius Pearson if he was a drug dealer when Pearson bought a new vehicle”
- Saying in a recorded conversation at work, “You gotta stop burning shit” because “You’re going to need something to burn down after Trump is elected to a second term, sons of bitches”
The court also found that Jinks had violated the ethical canons of the judiciary “by engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior. While that court does not find that the commission has proven all of its allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, that court finds that Judge Jink’s sexually inappropriate behavior was shown, for example, by showing a subordinate a sexually explicit video in the workplace. “
The court also found that Jinks had violated ethical rules when seeking approval from an assistant district attorney for the early release of a defendant.
The court ruled in favor of Jinks on other ethical allegations.
Jinks attorney Amanda Hardy made a statement to AL.com on Sunday.
“Randy Jinks has spent his whole life not being accused of being a racist. When he got into politics and became the first Republican to hold that office, everything changed, ”Hardy said.
“Judge Jinks’ statements have been completely taken out of context and put in a light that should tarnish the judge’s character and lead the accusing staff to remove him from office. Racism was accused of his utterances. Every one of his actions and statements was documented and interpreted in the worst possible light, ”Hardy’s statement. “Some employees have made this very grave public charge against a public official on the basis of sheer speculation, and the evidence has shown that. A closer examination should have led to a more measured reaction to this case. “
“The prosecuting staff admitted during the investigation that Judge Jinks never treated any litigant, lawyer, client or visitor differently because of their race. All this time, Randy Jinks has remained calm under provocation and integrity under pressure. “
Hardy stated that the court’s decision can be appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court, “and a decision will be made from that point of view.”
Jinks, 65, a lifelong resident of Talladega County, is a former Childersburg business owner, according to his bio on the county’s website. He was elected to the Talladega County Commission in 1986 and, according to his biography, served six years on the staff of former Congressman Bob Riley and twelve years in Montgomery, Alabama State Parks. He also served three terms as chairman of the Talladega County’s Republican Executive Committee and was a biography on the Board of Directors of the Alabama MotorSports Hall of Fame.