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Judge Suspended For Wearing Blackface To Party
NBC4 TV ^ | December 14, 2004 | A.P.

Posted on 12/14/2004 12:37:40 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker

NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana Supreme Court has given a judge a six-month suspension for wearing blackface makeup, handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit to a Halloween party.


Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans in Columbia Pictures' White Chicks - 2004

Judge Timothy Ellender will lose all of his pay during the suspension. That totals more than $50,000.

Ellender, who is white, said the costumes worn by him and his wife were meant as a joke. She dressed as a policewoman. And the party's host, Ellender's brother-in-law, was dressed as Buckwheat.

The justices agreed Ellender did not mean to insult blacks. Still, they ordered him to take a sociology course to get "a greater understanding of racial sensitivity."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackface; doublestandard; judge; politicalcorrectness; sensitive; whitechicks
What law was broken here?
1 posted on 12/14/2004 12:37:41 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
What law was broken here?

Laws? We don't need no stinkin' laws. ;-)

2 posted on 12/14/2004 12:39:37 PM PST by rhombus
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

Dunno ... It must be a copyright law. ;)


3 posted on 12/14/2004 12:43:27 PM PST by G.Mason (The replies by this poster are meant for self amusement only. Read at your own discretion.)
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To: rhombus
I never knew Ted Danson was a sitting jurist on the Louisiana Supreme Court! :)


4 posted on 12/14/2004 12:45:14 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: G.Mason

"Buh-weet sang!"


5 posted on 12/14/2004 12:45:56 PM PST by MoralSense
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

Judges dont have rights I guess.. My brother put on a trash bag and wrote White trash on it for Halloween, never found anyone at the party who was offended. But put on blackface or an Afro wig and you are a threat to every black ever born.


6 posted on 12/14/2004 12:48:47 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

Hey, I know a judge in California who passed out t-shirts to his cronies with the slogan "Old Boys Club" and the cartoon of two guys scratching each other's backs. He never disclosed from the bench his close relationship with the recipients of the t-shirts. And, of course, he was never reprimanded. But, his buddies were rewarded with favorable judgments and, in turn, they raised money for his reelection.


7 posted on 12/14/2004 12:50:13 PM PST by Pinetop
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

,,, wasn't he celebrating diversity?


8 posted on 12/14/2004 12:52:51 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

So why is Michael Jackson allowed to wear white-face? And more than a few other non-white entertainers have gone the route of plastic surgery and bleach jobs to look not just white but Hitler's ideal of Aryan?


9 posted on 12/14/2004 12:55:50 PM PST by Dante3
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To: MoralSense

"Mookin' pa nub"


10 posted on 12/14/2004 12:56:11 PM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("Evil is just plain bad")
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Someday we will be able to stop people like this judge before they even think of committing such crimes against humanity..

;)
11 posted on 12/14/2004 12:56:34 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
What law was broken here?

Hypersensitivity: It's The Law.

Because somewhere, someone just might wake up one day and choose to be offended by any one of your actions or words.

©2004 21st Century Liberals, P.C.

12 posted on 12/14/2004 12:58:46 PM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: Dante3

"So why is Michael Jackson allowed to wear white-face?"

Michael Jackson has rejected his race, his sex and his species.


13 posted on 12/14/2004 1:02:55 PM PST by Spok
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To: joesnuffy

It can't happen soon enough to suit me. I want mind control now!


14 posted on 12/14/2004 1:04:11 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker (When the cracker gets old, you wind up with Old Cracker. - O.C.)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

Good grief! Ridiculous!


15 posted on 12/14/2004 1:06:23 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
This happened for Halloween in 2003 in Houma, Louisiana. It took over a year for this conviction and he will have to pay $2100 in court cost. What a waste of time and money.
16 posted on 12/14/2004 1:12:36 PM PST by Texagirl4W (Father, bless the person reading this in whatever it is that You know they are needing this day!)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
What law was broken here?

The law of politics

17 posted on 12/14/2004 1:13:44 PM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

This judge any relation to former U.S. Senator Allen Ellender (D-LA)??


18 posted on 12/14/2004 1:15:57 PM PST by slyfoxvirden
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

Anybody here offended, disturbed, inconvenienced, damaged or marginalized by the movie "White Chicks?"


I wasn't...until now.


19 posted on 12/14/2004 1:17:51 PM PST by rightinthemiddle (Free Speech is a Right. Being Wrong is Just Wrong.)
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To: sgtbono2002

Wasn't there a photo circulating around the net of Clinton in an afro wig a few years back? And it genuine, not Photoshopped.


20 posted on 12/14/2004 1:24:19 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
December 13. 2004 6:29PM

Houma judge suspended for wearing blackface Halloween costume

By Seth Fox
The Courier


HOUMA -- A white judge from Houma has been suspended for a year without pay for wearing blackface prison garb as a Halloween costume in 2003.

The state Supreme Court issued the reprimand today for state District Judge Timothy Ellender of Houma following a hearing that was held in October. The court deferred six months of the penalty, which means Ellender could return to the bench in six months provided he follow a stipulation that take a racial-sensitivity course at a local college.

A one-year suspension without pay had been recommended by the state Judiciary Commission, which commission investigates allegations of wrongdoing by lawyers and judges and recommends punishment.

The Supreme Court had several options. It could do nothing at all, publicly censure Ellender, impose the recommended suspension or remove him from the bench permanently.

The controversy began last fall when the Judiciary Commission received multiple complaints that Ellender, who is white, showed up to a private Halloween party dressed in a Terrebonne Parish prisoner’s uniform, handcuffs, black facepaint and a black Afro wig.

Ellender testified before the Judiciary Commission that he did not get the reaction he wanted from the costume when he showed up to the party without the black face paint. At the suggestion of his wife’s cousin, who was dressed as the television character Buckwheat, Ellender and his wife put on black makeup. Ellender’s wife dressed as a police officer for the party.

The judge’s actions sparked complaints from the Terrebonne branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. All of the parish’s other district judges later went on record denouncing Ellender’s actions.

Ellender’s attorney testified before the Supreme Court that the black Afro had no racial overtones and that it was simply a clown wig Ellender’s wife found in her closet.

Jerome Boykin, president of the local NAACP, said in October that Ellender has proven he is unfit to stand in judgment of others.

"Hopefully, they’ll remove Judge Ellender from the bench," Boykin said at the time. "That’s what we’ve proposed since day one."

21 posted on 12/14/2004 1:25:09 PM PST by deport
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To: Inspectorette

"And it genuine, not Photoshopped"

Oh, dear. It genuine? That should be "it be genuine," doncha know?


22 posted on 12/14/2004 1:26:36 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
For crying out loud, I can't believe this guy would do something this stupid! Such behavior is strictly verboten in our PC society!

Geez! Next thing you know, folks will start thinking they are free to say whatever they want!

24 posted on 12/14/2004 1:30:03 PM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: MoralSense

Unce....Tice...Fee Times a Mady.


25 posted on 12/14/2004 1:31:58 PM PST by Delbert
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

ARREST THIS MAN FOR WEARING WHITE FACE!


26 posted on 12/14/2004 1:33:56 PM PST by Next_Time_NJ
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To: Luddite Patent Counsel

"Unce, tice, fee tines a mady."


28 posted on 12/14/2004 1:37:29 PM PST by SaveTheChief ("It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech." - Senator Zell Miller)
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To: slyfoxvirden

This judge any relation to former U.S. Senator Allen Ellender (D-LA)??



Not sure of the connection but both are from Terrebonne Parish..... Senator Ellender served from 1937 till his death in 1972.....


29 posted on 12/14/2004 1:40:22 PM PST by deport
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To: SaveTheChief

"Una Panoonah Banka-a-a-a-a!!"


30 posted on 12/14/2004 1:46:13 PM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("Evil is just plain bad")
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To: Luddite Patent Counsel
LOL.

One of the best SNL sketches of the time.

31 posted on 12/14/2004 1:56:51 PM PST by SaveTheChief ("It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech." - Senator Zell Miller)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

Excuse the heck out of me, but this is indeed outrageous behavior in a judge. They were quite right to suspend him. Ever hear of "judicial temperament?" This idiotic display suggests that Ellender hasn't got any. A judge dumb enough and tasteless enough to wear blackface and prison garb as a joke shouldn't be on the bench anyhow.


32 posted on 12/14/2004 2:04:51 PM PST by ArcLight
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To: SaveTheChief

Right up there with "C-I-L-L my land..LORD!"


33 posted on 12/14/2004 2:17:20 PM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("Evil is just plain bad")
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
Apparently in some parts of the state we are allowed to wear only certain kinds of Halloween costumes. The prohibited costumes should be listed. I presume no going in a burka also.

There should be no charging someone with an act that was not illegal at the time it was committed.

34 posted on 12/14/2004 3:39:56 PM PST by Dante3
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To: rhombus

Now here is a case for the ACLU.


35 posted on 12/14/2004 3:42:27 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Dante3
There should be no charging someone with an act that was not illegal at the time it was committed.

Read again....this has nothing to do with illegality.

He was not charged with any crime. He was found in violation of Judicial conduct rules, which were certainly in place before he wore his costume.

And yes, Judges do give up some of their rights to maintain the dignity of the Judiciary as a whole.

36 posted on 12/14/2004 3:47:51 PM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: Dante3

No one is saying it was illegal and he was not convicted of any crime. His employer is the state, his boss is the state supreme court and his boss said I don't like what you did and I'm fining you for it, which they absolutely have the power to do. I agree that they shouldn't be so sensitive and that what he did doesn't warrant losing 6 months pay, but I also don't agree with a lot of things my boss does. And while it is a sad statement on the PC climate of today, I can't believe the Judge was so out of it that he did not think he would be roasted in the press if this got out.


37 posted on 12/14/2004 3:48:52 PM PST by Steelerfan
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
I want mind control now!

If they implement mind control, Democrats will have nothing to lose.

38 posted on 12/14/2004 3:52:59 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Spike Lee made film that did not get a lot of notice.

Bamboozled

39 posted on 12/14/2004 3:57:43 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: sgtbono2002

I don't know but it seems that a sitting judge putting on black face and a prison jump suit to go with it just might send a different message than your brother with his white trash gag, unless your brother is black and oh, say a DA.


40 posted on 12/14/2004 4:01:11 PM PST by wtc911 ("I would like at least to know his name.")
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To: wtc911

I dont infer the Judge used good judgement,--no pun intended--but blacks have become overly sensitive to the point of ridiculousness.


41 posted on 12/14/2004 4:11:45 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002
All of the parish’s other district judges later went on record denouncing Ellender’s actions.

It was not just Blacks complaining, it was everyone with common sense, including every other Judge in that Parish.

42 posted on 12/14/2004 4:20:32 PM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker
"Still, they ordered him to take a sociology course to get "a greater understanding of racial sensitivity."

So he can learn to switch from Pimp 'n Ho to Cholo y Chika?

43 posted on 12/14/2004 4:30:20 PM PST by BobS
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To: sgtbono2002

Agreed.


44 posted on 12/14/2004 5:00:12 PM PST by wtc911 ("I would like at least to know his name.")
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To: Next_Time_NJ

LOL, that's a good one.

Is that a man or a woman in the picture?


45 posted on 12/14/2004 10:46:36 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: O.C. - Old Cracker

46 posted on 12/14/2004 10:48:04 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: TheOtherOne

Are you really stupid enough to believe another Judge might have just laughed it off? They have to cover their own a$$es ,of course they laughed in private and condemned him in public.


47 posted on 12/15/2004 11:29:08 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002
Are you really stupid enough to believe another Judge might have just laughed it off? They have to cover their own a$$es ,of course they laughed in private and condemned him in public.

You have a special gift, to know what it is men's hearts and to attribute specific feelings. You must be a good poker player too. I guess I'll just trust everything you say, cause you say so.

Unlike you, some people don't just cover their asses all the time, but do what is right. I'm sure that is a foriegn concept to you.

48 posted on 12/15/2004 11:33:29 AM PST by TheOtherOne
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