Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens has created controversy in the past for expressing his racial bias from the bench. Earlier this year, he ridiculed the three-year-old victim of a home invasion – perpetrated by two black suspects – because she has since exhibited fear around other blacks.
During that trial, he revealed:
I am deeply offended that they would be victimized by an individual and express some kind of fear of all black men.
Stevens went on to lambaste the girl’s parents for “fostering those type of stereotypes.”
He has also previously dismissed at least one jury – at the request of the defense – for consisting of too few minorities. When he tried the same tactic during a different trial last week, however, he did so against the wishes of both the prosecution and defense. He defended the decision, saying:
This concern is that the panel is not representative of the community.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dorislee Gilbert has spoken out against Stevens’ behavior, urging the state Supreme Court to hear the case against him.