Sotomayor Blasts Texas Prosecutor's Race-Tinged Remark

Law360, New York (February 25, 2013, 2:56 PM EST) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday sharply criticized a Texas federal prosecutor for making what she called a "racially charged remark" while cross-examining an African-American defendant over his alleged role in a drug deal.

In an unusual move, Sotomayor issued a five-page statement to accompany the court's denial of Bongani Charles Calhoun's petition for certiorari. Calhoun was convicted on drug conspiracy charges after he accompanied his friend and his friend's associates on a trip to purchase cocaine from undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agents. In...
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