Judge who used N-word says she was forced to resign in 'judicial wilding'

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A Colorado judge who agreed to resign after using the N-word asked the Colorado Supreme Court last week to grant an injunction that would stop her May 31 resignation.

The state supreme court denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the Arapahoe County, Colorado, judge, Judge Natalie Chase, on Friday evening, CBS Denver reports.

Chase had accepted a public censure and agreed to resign in April after she acknowledged using the N-word in a conversation with court employees. She also offered her opinions on racial justice issues while wearing her robe, according to stipulated facts in the case.

Chase used the full N-word a number of times when she asked two court employees why Black people can use the word but not white people, according to stipulated facts in the case. She also asked whether it was different if the N-word is said with an “er” or an “a” at the end.

Chase’s new court filing said she reached the agreement to resign “under duress and threats conveyed by the Colorado Judicial Discipline Commission,” according to the coverage by CBS Denver.

According to Chase, she was forced to resign and accept a censure in a “judicial wilding” that denied “any semblance of due process.” Chase also said she was treated more harshly than male judges.

“This jurist’s treatment was unique and driven by a force other than the law,” said the motion, filed by Chase’s attorney. “It was personal.”

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