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U.S. Judge Gordon Thompson Jr. of San Diego; apologist for racists


The state of California provided Gordon Thompson Jr. with a law license in 1956 after he graduated from Southwestern University Law School.


In 1970, President Richard Nixon was duped into appointing Gordon as a District Court Judge for the Southern District of Calfiornia.


Gordy didn’t receive the appointment because he was the most qualified attorney in the San Diego area. He received the appointment because he had proven to be a reliable lackey for the local political hacks.


In one matter, Gordon found it appropriate to act as an apologist for former Magistrate Harry McCue who was facing possible discipline for uttering racial slurs. McCue’s racist comments as reported by the LA Times included his comments to a black man suggesting that “Abraham Lincoln’s birthday would be appropriate “for the next session in the case.”


Numerous lawyers, who unfortunately appeared before Gordon in criminal cases, stated that it was not uncommon for McCue to engage in a conversation with accused criminals during which he notes a person's ethnic or racial identity or makes offensive, seemingly gratuitous remarks.


In another matter, McCue told Jonathan White, 29, a black man appearing at a probation revocation hearing stemming from White's conviction on alien smuggling charges that he could not believe White had been involved in alien smuggling because it was "the modern-day slave trade.” In addition, McCue made several remarks at the hearing connected to White’s race, ancestry and/or background.


Despite overwhelming evidence that Magistrate McCue was a die-in-the-wool bigot, Judge Thompson went to bat for him by praising his judicial temperament, etc.


As we speak (ca. December 2014), Judge Thompson remains sitting as a U.S. District Court Judge in San Diego despite the fact that he’s 85-years-old. In 1994, Gordon assumed Senior Status, which required him to work 10-hours-per-week while receiving an annual salary of $199,000.


Gordon only had to work 10 years before he qualified for Senior Status and a 10 hour work week. I bet y’all would like to have a government job with these benefits. Sorry, you’re not a federal judge!



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