No Reason Given For Removal of African-American Judge From Philando Castile Trial

Photo: Ramsey County Courthouse Official Photo
Photo: Ramsey County Courthouse Official Photo

The black judge who was presiding over the shooting trial of Philando Castile has quietly been removed from the case with little explanation for why.

The Star Tribune reports that attorneys representing St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez requested the removal of Ramsey County District Court Judge Edward Wilson this week without offering any detailed justification for their request.

“We did our research, and based on our research, we chose to remove him,” said Earl Gray, who serves as one of Yanez’s three attorneys. “We felt that we had to remove him. Simple as that.”

The Star Tribune notes that attorneys in the state can “ask for the removal of one assigned judge per case without citing a reason,” and that such requests are automatically granted.

The removal of Wilson is noteworthy because the Castile shooting is already clouded by charges of racism.

SOURCE: RawStory – Brad Reed