Shelby County Commissioners unanimously vote to support the censure of Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey

Shelby County Commissioners unanimously vote to support the censure of Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Commissioners unanimously voted to support the censure of Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey on Monday.

Last week, commissioners in committee gave Judge Lammey the opportunity to address them in person or respond to them via letter.

He sent a letter which says in part that the criticism of him is quote “character assassination at best”

Commissioners in a 12-0 vote put their support behind a resolution encouraging the state’s Board of Judicial Conduct to censure Lammey.

Shelby County Commissioners unanimously vote to support the censure of Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey

A spokesperson for the board said there have been multiple complaints filed and an active investigation is open and ongoing.

The posts included a link to an article written by a man many critics have called a Holocaust denier and also included other claims critical of immigrants.

“Judge Lammey’s actions on social media puts a reasonable doubt in my mind that he’s kept that public trust, because the content he’s shared draws on racial stereotypes,” Commissioner Mick Wright said.

In his letter Lammey said he thinks the commission already reached a conclusion without his side of the story.

“I adamantly deny the characterization of me by the local media as being a Holocaust denier, anti-immigrant or racist. This is character assassination at its best,” the letter states.

At the meeting a handful of community letters spoke out against him.

“We’re not going to allow any hate here in Shelby County,” Nabil Bayakly with the Masjid Almuslimeen Mosque said.

“I wonder what kind of trust the public is supposed to have in a judge to manage such a criminal case when he has so clearly demonstrated a lack of judgment,” Reverend Lucy Webb said.

“We wholly reject Judge Lammey’s argument that he is not associating himself with a Holocaust denier,” Jewish community representative Katie Bowman said. “David Cole continues to deny historical facts surrounding the genocide of the Jewish people. Judge Lammey’s reliance on Cole’s words only reinforces any assessment in the Jewish community that Judge Lammey is unable to adequately interpret and understand fact.”

Lammey provided an email in his letter which he says is from the author of the article he shared - the author claims he is not a Holocaust denier.

It will be up to the state board of judicial conduct to determine if Lammey is sanctioned.

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