A Tennessee judge posted racist and anti-Semitic articles and memes to his private Facebook page, including one that said Jews should ‘get the f**k over the Holocaust’.
Colleagues of Justice Jim Lammey, 61, from Shelby County Criminal Court have now rallied to publicly reprimand the shamed judge, following a Wednesday hearing.
Lammey came under fire after posting a link to an article written by the notorious Holocaust denier David Cole that also referred to Muslim immigrants as ‘foreign mud’.
He was also found to have shared other anti-
The posts were discovered after Lammey accidentally switched his Facebook profile from private to public.
Colleagues of Justice Jim Lammey, 61, from Shelby County Criminal Court have now rallied to publicly reprimand the shamed judge, following a Wednesday hearing
Lammey came under fire after posting a link to an article written by the notorious Holocaust denier David Cole that also referred to Muslim immigrants as ‘foreign mud’, among a serious of other questionable posts (as above)
Despite his social media posts, Lammey, insists that he isn’t racist or anti-Semitic and maintains that he has a right to freedom of speech.
He also says that nothing he shared on Facebook would prevent him from presiding over criminal cases impartially and fairly.
‘I don’t see where sharing articles about (Islamic law) or third time deported people coming in and committing crimes would prejudice my ability to be fair and impartial in any case,’ Lammey told
‘I certainly don’t agree with that, being a Holocaust denier. My best friend — who’s deceased now — was Jewish and I wouldn’t do that,’ he continued.
A coalition, including members form the American Muslim Advisory Council and the Jewish Federation, have now called for the judge to be punished.
The request was filed to the Shelby County Commission’s Law Enforcement, Corrections and Courts Committee on Wednesday.
He was also found to have shared other anti-immigration articles, memes and a number of conspiracy theories
Despite his social media habits, Lammey insists that he isn’t racist or anti-Semitic and maintains that he has a right to freedom of speech
In their letter to the board, the coalition wrote: ‘Judge Lammey’s April 5 post was only one example of his habit of sharing articles, conspiracy theories, and ‘jokes’ online that carry a dark message of hatred,’ the letter reads.
‘The content he spreads often targets Muslim and Latin American immigrants, which is troubling because of Judge Lammey’s elected position overseeing criminal trials as a representative of the State of Tennessee.
‘We respectfully call on the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Board of Judicial Conduct to publicly censure Judge Lammey and to explore bringing the anti-bias and Holocaust education resources of our respective organizations to the judges, clerks, and staff of our state judicial system.’
Chaired by Tami Sawyer, the committee’s leader seemed to agree with the coalition’s views, tweeting last week that ‘It’s time for [Lammey] to hang up his robe’.
Many of the judge’s Facebook posts were shared from far-right websites such as Breitbart.com.
Often the posts portrayed immigrants as abusers of welfare, voting fraudsters or a general threat to prosperity in America,
On February 3, Lammey posted a meme with a mug shot of a tough-looking Hispanic man and false statistics blaming ‘illegals’ for rising crime rates.
In an interview with
‘Someone asked me are you a racist, I’m like no, I’m not a racist,’ Lammey said. ‘It’s an embarrassing question to have to answer.’
Lammey says that nothing he shared on Facebook would prevent him from presiding over criminal cases impartially and fairly
Many of the judge’s Facebook posts were shared from far-right websites and groups
He further added that he wasn’t anti-immigrant, either. ‘I don’t have anything against anyone,’ he stated.
Over the weekend his son James Lammey came to his on Facebook, claiming he’s never heard his dad ever air racist views.
‘The media’s desperation for a story often times tarnishes or even ruins the reputation of good people,’ his son wrote.
The Shelby County Commission committee held a hearing on Wednesday ahead of the vote on whether to publicly censure Lammey in regard to the racially insensitive posts.
Several members of the coalition said, contrary to Lammey’s claims, his online behavior and potential views do seriously compromise his ability to act impartially as a criminal judge.
‘Jim Lammey can say and think and post whatever he wishes,’ Rabbi Kate Bauman told the board. ‘But a line of professional responsibility has been crossed.’
‘The posts and articles posted by Lammey, that he saw fit to circulate disgust me; as a Jew, as a descendant of refuges, as a religious leader, and as a human being.’
The county commission will allow Lammey to present his side of the argument on Monday afternoon.
Following his statement the commission will vote whether or not to censure him.