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Florida judge blames his New York upbringing for his decision to call black defendant a racial slur

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Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stephen Millan is facing a possible 30-day suspension after he referred to a black defendant as a “moolie” while discussing scheduling for his case inside his chambers.

The Miami Herald reports that while Millan told investigators that he did not remember describing a black defendant as a “moolie,” he didn’t outright deny that he used the word.

“Moolie” is a Sicilian slur that’s used to describe either black people or people with dark complexions. Millan, who is of Italian and Puerto Rican descent, told investigators that he first heard the slur and “used it intermittently as a ‘youngster’ growing up in New York.”

“It was not unusual for my friends and I to occasionally use slur words when referring to others, including our friends and ourselves,” he told investigators.

Nonetheless, Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission chairwoman Judge Kristina Marx said that Millan should know well enough by now to avoid using racial slurs to describe people whose cases he’s overhearing.

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“The use of racially derogatory and demeaning language to describe litigants, criminal defendants or members of the public, even behind closed doors or during off-the-record conversations, erodes public confidence in a fair and impartial judiciary,” she wrote in the commission’s report. “The Commission is unswayed by Judge Millan’s testimony that he gained familiarity with the use of certain racial slurs during his youth.”


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Gun ownership increases homicides — but only a very specific kind of them: study

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Does the frequency of gun ownership impact the homicide rate? In the broad sense, many studies have shown it does. But how does it do so exactly?

A new study, conducted at the University of Indianapolis and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, offers a profound hint. The study, which examined homicide rates by state from 1990 to 2016, suggests that most forms of homicide — those committed against friends, acquaintances, and strangers — are negligibly affected by firearm ownership rates. But one particular category of homicide is sharply correlated with the presence of guns: domestic violence.

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Conservatives are furious over Trump’s budget deal with Democrats — president brags about ‘real compromise’

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Male Fox News personality rewarded by the network after being caught sending lewd texts to female colleague

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Less than, two weeks after the Huffington Post published shocking text messages a Fox News contributor reportedly sent to his female Fox Nation co-host, the network rewarded the male employee.

“Tyrus, a Fox News contributor and a host on the network’s digital channel, Fox Nation, sent lewd and inappropriate text messages to his now-former Fox Nation co-host, Britt McHenry, according to four sources familiar with the texts’ contents,” the Huffington Post reported.

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