Judge should consider retiring after calling Allentown a ‘cesspool’
It was great to see our mayor and state legislators pounce on the outrageous rant by Judge James Anthony about Allentown (“Shooter gets up to 56 years in state prison; judge bemoans gun violence that’s turned Allentown into a ‘cesspool,’” The Morning Call, Sept. 4). He deserves it.
The question now, though, is this: Has he exposed himself as so biased that he should recuse himself from any case that involves a resident, business or other entity living or based in our city? My question, of course, is rhetorical. Damn right he should.
If, indeed, that is the case, then how useful is he if he can’t preside over at least one-third of the cases that come before the court? For that matter, shouldn’t anyone who has been found guilty in his court have a legitimate argument that their case should be retried?
If we are, as everyone of us swore at the beginning of each school day, “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” then we better start thinking about the words we use and the things we do that could reflect bigotry and hatefulness.
If Judge Anthony has a conscience, he should be thinking about an early retirement.
Alan L. Jennings
The writer is executive director of Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem.