A magistrate judge in Gwinnett County, Georgia, has been suspended from his post over comments he made on Facebook about the protesters who have gone on a rampage over the Confederate monuments in Virginia and across the nation.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Tuesday that Judge Jim Hinkle, who served as mayor in the city of Grayson for over 20 years, before his retirement in 2013, and is a Marine Corps veteran, has been suspended by Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Judge Kristina Hammer Blum.
In response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, Hinkle posted on Facebook Saturday evening that the Charlottesville protesters are “snowflakes” who have “no concept of history.”
In another post, he compared “the nut cases tearing down monuments” to ISIS.
Hinkle’s posts on Facebook were published about one hour before the vehicle attack in Charlottesville that killed one woman and injured 19 others.
He wrote, in part, “In Charlottesville everyone is upset over Robert E. Lee statute [sic]. It looks like all of the snowflakes have no concept of history. It is what it is. Get over it and move on. Leave history alone – those who ignore history are deemed (sic) to repeat the mistake of the past.”
Hinkle also wrote, “In Richmond VA all of the Confederate monuments on Monument Ave. have people on horses whose asses face North. PERFECT!”
The AJC reportedly brought the Facebook posts to the attention of Chief Magistrate Judge Blum, asking for her comment on the matter. She responded in an email that she had been unaware of the posts until she received the request for comment.
Blum replied via email, saying, “After reviewing the Facebook posts you brought to my attention this morning, I have suspended Judge Hinkle effective immediately while I consider the appropriate final action.”
“As the Chief Magistrate Judge, I have made it clear to all of our Judges that the Judicial Canons, as well as our internal policies, require Judges to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity, impartiality, and fairness of the judiciary. I consider any violation of those principles and policies to be a matter of utmost concern, and will certainly take any action necessary to enforce compliance and to maintain the integrity of this Court,” Blum continued.
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