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Prosecutor Cited for Saying Blacks Carry Guns in Their Waistbands

An Illinois attorney is being accused of using racially inflammatory language at a mµrder trial, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati

Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, an agency which oversees lawyers, says Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati used racially inflammatory language during a 2011 trial in order to “appeal to racial prejudice.”

The commission decided that Garnati’s comments tend “to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or legal profession into disrepute.”

The charge relates to the trial of Marcus Marshall on charges he fatally sho† LaQuinn Hudson at a party in August 2010. Marshall was found guilty by an all white jury and sentenced to 85 years in prison.

Garnati told the jury that blacks typically carry guns in their waistbands and used the statement, “Now in our white world, ladies and gentlemen ….” when discussing two witnesses who had recanted their testimony.

Garnati even admitted over the summer that Marshall should receive a new trial and the Illinois Appellate Court agreed and ordered the new trial in September.

The disciplinary commission’s hearing board will review Garnati’s case and decide how he will be disciplined for his statements.

Chicago attorney Steve Greenberg, who represented Marshall in the appeal, said he made the complaint to the commission.

“I think anyone who espouses those racist views is unfit to be the state’s attorney of a county,” Greenberg said. “Imagine how many charging decisions over the years were racially motivated in the (time) he’s been state’s attorney.”


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