J. Kent Adams: JP's Bench Style Offensive to an Impressive List of Minorities, Conduct Commission Says

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J. Kent Adams, fighting allegations.
Justice of the Peace J. Kent Adams, whose precinct is in Spring, as been admonished by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for a string of statements offensive to various ethnicities, according to reports.

The SCJC hasn't listed the reported "public admonishment" on its website, and the only person allowed to talk to the media isn't available, so we'll take the word of the Houston Chronicle and KTRK for now. Adams, for his part, says he is appealing the action and that it should not be public at this point.

According to the reported admonishment, here are the minorities and ethnicities and the alleged quotes by Adams:

Hispanics -- Asking a female defendant whether she had "six or seven kids."

Pakistani -- Telling a mother her son should be "stoned to death."

Asians -- He told one Asian-American attorney, "Boy, these records are none of your goddamn business."

Black -- He asked one African-American female defendant "if she was on welfare and expected the government to pay her fine."

White -- Nothing so far.

Adams issued a lengthy statement in response to the reports, noting that "it is inevitable that some people in the court will be unhappy with the result of their own case":

I have seen a newspaper account reporting on a matter pending before the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Matters pending before that Commission are required by law to remain confidential until all parties have had their an opportunity to be heard and a final decision is issued. The Commission is not a court of law and it cannot make judicial rulings or findings, and it cannot review the rulings of a judge or consider appeals of cases handled in Texas courts such as mine.

Having presided over a court through which more than 1 million cases have passed since I became the judge, it is inevitable that some people in the court will be unhappy with the result of their own case, and from time to time will make a complaint. These complaints are different from an appeal of a judgment of this court, which must be taken to the Harris County Court at Law.

I cannot comment on the details of the story, without violating the confidentiality rules of the Commission. It is unclear to me how or why the person quoted in the newspaper story got his information or why he thought he was not bound by the same confidentiality rules. I choose to respect the rules.

Since taking the bench, I have always striven to discharge my oath of office, and to carry out my duties as Justice of the Peace, with a clear focus on the law, and to pay close attention to making sure all who appear before my court are treated fairly and consistent with the law."


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the_bitter_truth
the_bitter_truth

There's actually a list on minorities that's impressive? Who would have thought...

kat
kat

On the one hand, yes these statements seem a bit insulting and slightly more than racial; however, pretty much any statement taken out of context can be made or can seem to be unethical, racial or insulting - or all the above.

If in fact this Judge did make these comments due to racial prejudices (which of course he would view as harmless and trivial), then he should be admonished to the highest extent the Commission can, and then turn him over to the ABA so that he can face their cannons.  I also think that the individuals that were offended should seek legal advice toward actions against him.

However, if these statements are being taken out of context by the media because someone didn't like the ruling in his/her case, then I think those individuals need to listen to Christopher Titus more and "climb down from the cross, build a bridge, and get over it!"

Billy Mexico
Billy Mexico

Freedom of speech? He is a f****** judge, not A protestor. When you are acting as a judge, police officer, whatever, you are not entitled to free speech the same as others who aren't in that professional capacity. Let him say that shit at home, not while he's presiding over peoples cases. Use your head stupid

Lynnmvargas
Lynnmvargas

k so since he is not racist...where in the law does it give him the right to be an ASS just because he can. His comments are that of an ass...

NicodemoB
NicodemoB

There are huge numbers of Middle Easterners, Asians, Hispanics and African Americans in the Texas of 2012, and if this old, out-of-touch dingbat can't keep with the times then he needs to retire and dawdle about in his garden for the last decade of his life.

PS
PS

 I agree with the first post -terrible reportingThis judge handles whites the same as blacks/hispanics. It was just used as an opportunity to use the race card. He's asked many defendants (including whites)if they were on assistance or if they've had 'several' children. It's an assessment so they can be led to the right program in various outfits like MHMR. Only 3 attys in 11 years (over 1 million cases) have filed grievances. Doesn't sound like he's doing a bad job. Is it racist when he asks the whites the same questions? The media is a on a racially charged witch hunt right now because of the Florida mess and here's the HP falling right in line.

Joe
Joe

This man clearly has preconceived notions that preclude him from acting on facts alone.  He is utterly incapable of doing his job correctly and should be removed from the bench.

Keith
Keith

I love this judge, all this politically correct bullshit is killing our country.  I wish more people would just say what they're thinking instead of sugar coating it.

Jim C
Jim C

Texas.  We elect our judges based on political affiliation and nothing else.  And we're proud of it!!!

Come on Man
Come on Man

Wow.  Terrible reporting.  Let's take a bunch of half sentences and pull them out of context and tell people what to think about them. 

ForlornW
ForlornW

 Again, there is no context in which some of these comments would be appropriate.

Duckykittn
Duckykittn

I'm sorry you took my comment to mean I was defending this P.O.S.I was trying to express pessimistic sarcasm.I personally feel that discrimination is vile and should never be accepted by society in any form, be it age, finances, race, sex, or any other reason we invent to separate and hate other humans.

Duckykittn
Duckykittn

Freedom of speech, hun... It's not just for protestors anymore...... :/

guest
guest

Right........

Lynn
Lynn

I work in a field that deals with lots of different situations...not once have i asked a medicaid patient the questions this man has asked....be proffessional for goodness sake. it may not be racist, but he is showing his disdain for any person who is down on their luck...keep the personal comments to yourself in a proffessional situation.

Rschmidt_2
Rschmidt_2

Are you basing your opinion on what others say, or have you observed for yourself? 

Rschmidt_2
Rschmidt_2

Thank you Keith.    I will take him and a hundred judges just like him.   

ForlornW
ForlornW

 Right.  Sugarcoated racism somehow sucks MORE.

H_e_x
H_e_x

And to say otherwise is just an evil librul Nazi-Commie plot to take away our freedom to be idiots.

ForlornW
ForlornW

In what context would the son should be stoned to death context be appropriate from the bench?

TheGreatWhiteHope
TheGreatWhiteHope

Forlorn W, why do you feel it's necessary to comment with everyone that has a different opinion than you.   In addition, I've heard judges across the nation ask similar questions...these judges were black, white, and hispanic.  As a previous commenter stated, it may be this judges' idiotic attempt to determine placement.  Overall, his track record is good; even though he may be an idiot. Spend more time on the article and less time trolling you hack.  =o)

One4sandy
One4sandy

Hey duckykittn how this for free speech get your fat ass up an run some of those food stamps off you big ugly ass it not personal just free speech

ForlornW
ForlornW

 Freedom of speech doesn't mean anyone can say anything anytime they like.  It means the gov't can't censor you for telling the truth.

guest
guest

Medicaid patients and criminal defendants are horses of different colors. 

guest
guest

That is not what he said.    He told a Pakistani young man that if he were to act the same in his native country, he could be stoned to death.      

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