Metts calls on governor to appoint person of color to
state Supreme Court

 

STATE HOUSE – Sen. Harold M. Metts today urged Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to appoint a person of color to the Rhode Island Supreme Court – the state’s highest bench, which has never had a minority justice.

In a letter sent today, Senator Metts asked the governor to make history by appointing a person of color to the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia, who announced earlier this year that he would step down in June.

“To my knowledge there has never been a person of color on the Rhode Island Supreme Court. This is a gross injustice and travesty. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied,’” wrote Senator Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence).

“The minority community still feels the pain from 2004, when then-governor Donald Carcieri said that he was not interested in making history, when the highly qualified O. Rogeriee Thompson, now on the federal bench, was a candidate for the Rhode Island Supreme Court and was denied the opportunity.  Many from my community felt it was a slap in the face.

“As I have written to you before, the shortage of minority judges on the entire judiciary is troubling. Never having had any on the state’s highest court is entirely unacceptable. The numbers of minority judges was woefully low because of past discrimination. I appreciate your recent appointments, however, more needs to be done than replacing the one minority judge who retired and the two who passed away.

“More than making history, Rhode Island needs to do the right thing. Now is the time to correct this injustice and I urge you to appoint a person of color to this vacant Supreme Court judgeship.”

Senator Metts has been a vocal proponent of greater minority representation in the state’s courts, and has previously publicly urged the governor to select minority candidates for other judgeships.

 

 

 

 

Minnesota prosecutors are saying the amount of evidence caused the quick decision to charge a now-fired cop in the death of a black man. While speaking with reporters today, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said there are several videos of Derek Chauvin with his knee on George Floyd's neck, including body camera footage. Freeman also talked about a preliminary medical examiner report and witness statements. Floyd told Chauvin he couldn't breathe before passing out and dying. Chauvin was arrested today for murder and manslaughter.        The White House is in lockdown in response to over a thousand people protesting the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd. No one is allowed to leave the White House and the Secret Service has barred reporters. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on Memorial Day as a white police officer held his knee on Floyd's neck. Fired Officer Derek Chauvin is facing murder charges, while the other three officers at the scene have not been charged.       Governor Tim Walz is issuing a curfew for Minneapolis and St. Paul this weekend. Walz says it's an effort to calm neighborhoods, rebuild, and seek justice for Floyd. He's the man seen on viral video being pinned down by an officer, begging for his life. That cop has now been arrested and charged with murder.       California nursing home staff and residents will be tested for COVID-19 starting next month. Officials say each of the more than 12-hundred facilities must write their own testing plan. About 40-percent of coronavirus deaths in California are residents in care homes.        Hertz filing for bankruptcy is placing pressure on an already struggling car industry. About two million vehicles were sold to rental companies. With the demand now stagnant amid the coronavirus pandemic, some are expecting less than 250-thousand sales to rental companies this year. Jeff Schuster, L-M-C Automotive president, expects there to be little to no sales to rental companies for the rest of the year because they are less profitable for carmakers.        Florida theme parks are getting the green light to open soon. Disney and Sea World got the approval to open starting in early June and July. Universal already had state approval. There are numerous conditions and restrictions involved with the parks beginning to operate once more, after being shut down for several weeks due to the pandemic.