Jefferson County District Court Judge Sandra McLaughlin reportedly mocked Darryl Broaddus, who is African-American, for wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt in her Kentucky courtroom last summer.
Broaddus was being arraigned in court over a drug charge when Judge McLaughlin made the bizarre remarks, according to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (video below).
Judge McLaughlin stated twice that the T-shirt of the President of the United States of America was “not helping” Broaddus' cause.
“He’s lucky to get out of here alive,” added Judge McLaughlin. “Did you see his t-shirt? Barack Obama, ‘Let’s Do It Again.’ That was a double whammy."
According to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Judge McLaughlin has a history of making odd remarks, and denied defendants the right to a public defender in four cases.
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In response, Judge McLaughlin told the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, "I think I do a really good job. I show up on time and I work hard. Everyone in my court is treated fairly and respectfully.”
According to RawStory.com, Judge McLaughlin is the lowest-rated judge in Jefferson County per a survey of lawyers by the Louisville Bar Association.
However, Judge McLaughlin claims her low rating is because the Louisville Bar Association is full of defense attorneys who “just declared war on a tough judge.”
Judge McLaughlin, who is up for reelection in November, falsely claimed that she was “unanimously endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police” on a campaign flyers, notes the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.
Mike Hettich, of the Deputy Sheriff’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, said the organization endorsed Judge McLaughlin's opponent Matthew Eckert.