Calif. District Chief Cedes Role After 'Street-Smart' Remark

Law360 (June 29, 2020, 11:30 PM EDT) -- Chief Judge of the Central District of California Cormac J. Carney has left that role but will remain on the bench in the district after acknowledging that he'd made an "insensitive" statement to a Black clerk of the court, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Judge Carney first referred to Kiry K. Gray, the first Black woman to serve as the district's executive and clerk of court, as "street-smart" in a June webinar, according to the report. And then, upon receiving critical backlash over the comment, Judge Carney told Gray that his comment was being equated "with the...

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