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White Judge Throws Black Attorney In Jail For Wearing Black Lives Matter Pin

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A female attorney was recently jailed in Youngstown, Ohio for refusing to remove a Black Lives Matter pin in the courtroom.

According to WKBN, Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich ruled attorney Andrea Burton was in contempt of court for refusing his orders to remove her Black Lives Matter pin while in court. Burton was sentenced to five days in jail for disobeying the judge’s order, but has since been released on a stay while her own attorneys appeal the decision. She can continue to stay out of jail as long as she doesn’t wear the pin in court.

“No one wearing an American flag button, no one wearing a crucifix or a Star of David would be removed, so why this particular statement bothered him so much is bothersome,” community activist and attorney Kim Akins told WKBN.

Milich cited a previous Supreme Court case prohibiting political speech in the courtroom as precedent for asking Burton to remove her pin.

“A judge doesn’t support either side. A judge is objective and tries to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have a fair hearing, and it was a situation where it was just a violation of the law,” Milich said. “There’s a difference between a flag, a pin from your church or the Eagles and having a pin that’s on a political issue.”

The Youngstown branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has said it is monitoring Burton’s case closely, as the judge’s decision to find her in contempt of court may be a violation of Burton’s civil rights.

“We will do all that the NAACP Youngstown can do to ensure that Attorney Burton’s Constitutional rights are not being violated,” said Youngstown NAACP president George Freeman in a public statement.

Burton and her attorney have not yet publicly commented on the case.

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Comments (2)

  1. Carrie

    Evidently the judge is out of touch: a Star of David is indeed a political statement these days, as is the American flag. Where has he been?
    What do other judges do?

    • jonathan Williams
      jonathan Williams

      The judge clearly revealed to everyone his position, politically, with respect to #BlackLivesMatter… He compromised his oath, being a judge and his image in remaining neutral on matters/issues that screams for the choosing of sides. The judge could “very well” have meant well with the request/order for the lawyer to remove the pin…however, with the current social temperature, it definitely “comes-off” as a choosing of sides. Especially if the case in his courtroom, that morning, had nothing to do with racial equality, misconduct, accusations, etc. … The judge should’ve just left that alone. Now everything he does…every decision he makes…past, current and future… will be under scrutiny… especially if the defendant is of color!!


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