Skip to comments.Conn. Judge Suspended for Directing Racial Slurs at Arresting Officers After DUI Stop
Posted on 02/10/2009 8:28:38 AM PST by stan_sipple
A Connecticut Superior Court judge charged with drunken driving and using racial slurs while arguing with police officers was suspended Monday for 240 days by a judicial review panel. Judge E. Curtissa Cofield, who was confirmed as Connecticut's first black female judge in 1991, had apologized to the state Judicial Review Council earlier in the day, calling the night of her arrest "one of the worst experiences of my life." Cofield was arrested the night of Oct. 9 after her car hit a parked state police cruiser in a construction zone on Route 2 in Glastonbury, Conn. Police say she told them she hadn't had any alcohol, but she failed a sobriety test. Urine tests later that night showed she had a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal limit of 0.08. She also argued with state and Glastonbury police officers. A surveillance camera at the Glastonbury police department captured the exchanges on video, which shows her using the N-word, calling a black state trooper "Negro," threatening that trooper's job, referring to a female officer as "little girl" and "Barbie" and using other offensive language. "When I watched the video, I did not recognize myself," Cofield told the council. "The woman I observed that night is not the woman I am."Judge Susan S. Reynolds appeared to stump Cofield when she asked why Cofield's comments were not racist. "Why is it not racism .... hmmm. I think for crimes like bias you have to have intent," Cofield said. "All I can say is I was really intoxicated. ... I can't explain it. Why is it not racism ... I don't know. But if it is or someone perceives that it is, I apologize for that."
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Yes it is.
Did she call him ‘Shrek’?
Seems like the punishment fits the crime. This will give her some quiet time to try to get her own life straightened out before she wreaks havoc on others.
Is she going through the Obama rehab with Rev Wright?
Oh yes you is.
She still looks drunk.
Alcohol often brings out the real person without the pretense of polite society — as ugly as that may be.
Thses are the kind of jerks who are sending our country down the drain.
Drunk driving or "hate" speech?
We'll find out soon...
Why isn’t she fired?
She will get a slap on the wrist.
Let a white man say those things to a cop and see what happens.
Maybe The Obomber can help her...
"I can't be a racist, little girl, only you bigoted Barbies can!"
Someone had to say it.
She a good example of why Id rather eat the bowling ball.
"The woman"? LOL, nice try.
No babe, it was YOU. Stop the BS.
Perhaps, your Honor, only whites are racist and O-biased in the eyes of the law.
I heard an interview with her immediately after the hearing (on WFSB). She said the sentence was ‘harsh’. I think she is lucky to still have a job.
nutmeg, CT ping.
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