Target: Texas Judge Carter Schildknecht
Goal: Force resignation of supposed culturally- and religiously-biased judge.
“New York Jews” just don’t understand life in Texas, according to comments reportedly made by Texas Judge Carter Schildknecht. This kind of bias indicates that Schildknecht is unable to perform her duties objectively. Demand that she resign from her position as judge at once.
According to a complaint filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Judge Schildknecht has a history of culturally- and religiously biased remarks that raise questions about her ability to impartially fulfill her duties. In one instance, she referred to a district attorney who she was working with as a “New York Jew.” Schildknecht claims that the comment was not meant disparagingly.
In another instance outlined in the complaint, Schildknecht commented on an assistant district attorney who was in her courtroom’s beard, reportedly saying “You look like a Muslim, and I wouldn’t hire you with it.” Though she says the remarks sound “familiar,” she defended herself by saying she would never have said such a thing while they were conducting public court business.
Judge Schildknecht has been officially reprimanded for her comments by the state’s judicial authorities after they concluded that they constituted serious religious and cultural bias, but such light consequence is not enough. Sign the petition below to demand that she resign from her post as the 106th Judiciary District judge at once.
Dear Judge Schildknecht,
I am writing you today regarding the religious and cultural bias that you have been officially reprimanded for by Texas’ State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Given that this supervisory body has concluded that you possess these biases, you need to do the right thing and step down.
One of the most important, if not the most important, qualities of a judge is impartiality. They need to be objective, clear-headed, and without prejudice in order to faithfully enact our country’s laws. If they do not possess these qualities, they stand to corrupt our laws with their own personal biases, defeating the purpose of their station.
You, insofar as the Commission has found, unfortunately fall into this nefarious category. Even if you never presented these anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views during public business and only let them out during private conversations, they still reflect biases that can’t be turned on and off at will. Private biases will, even if you don’t think so, color your judicial actions.
While I commend the Commission for demanding that you undergo further education on prejudice, I don’t think that punishment does your pattern of misbehavior justice. Your biases threaten the impartiality of American justice that we should all strive for. I demand that you resign from your position as 106th Judicial District judge at once.
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