Judges violate their oaths all the time. They do so by being racist, sexist, and by punishing people so harshly you wonder how they’re allowed to get away with it. Sometimes they blatantly break the law, too – but when they do, what happens to them is quite different.
Judges usually get off easy! This is because of the power they hold. A Reuters investigation found that between 2008 and 2019, “9 of every 10 judges were allowed to return to the bench after they were sanctioned for misconduct.” The things some of them got away with are unbelievable.
Black people have long known the criminal justice system has nothing to do with justice. It’s been a tool of white supremacy for generations, and we have to continue pushing back against its legitimacy. Judges, juries, and police are all part of the same problem we’re fighting!