Carlton Wayne Reeves, a black American, was born in Ft. Hood, Texas in 1964, but grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Reeves was an industrious teenager who took a job cleaning the office of Judge William Henry Barbour Jr., He made his family proud by being the first member of his family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. In 1986, Reeves graduated from Jackson State University magna cum laude and then went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law where he graduated as a Ritter Scholar in 1989. Upon getting his law degree, Reeves clerked for Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson. From there, he went into private practice before becoming part of the staff of the US Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.
In 2010, Barack Obama nominated Reeves to fill an empty seat on the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Ironically, the seat had been vacated by Judge Barbour Jr., whom Reeves had clerked for when he got out of law school. Barbour Jr. had been moved up to Senior Judge on the same court. Reeves was confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Senate and took his place on the federal court on December 20, 2010, where he continues to serve.
One would expect Reeves, with his education, to know that the federal court system was supposed to be the weakest of three branches of government as established by our Founding Fathers. However, like so many other Obama-appointed judges, believes that federal judges are the most powerful members of the federal government and that they not only can supersede the President and his executive orders, but that federal judges are also above and beyond questioning and reproach.
Last week, Judge Reeves spoke at the University of Virginia School of Law. He was there to accept the school’s annual Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.
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During Reeves’s speech, he stated:
“When politicians attack courts as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach,’ you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South. When leaders chastise people for merely ‘using the courts,’ you can hear the Citizens Council, hammering up the names of black petitioners in Yazoo City.”
“When the powerful accuse courts of ‘opening up our country to potential terrorists,’ you can hear the Southern Manifesto’s authors, smearing the judiciary for simply upholding the rights of black folk. When lawmakers say ‘we should get rid of judges,’ you can hear segregationist Senators, writing bills to strip courts of their power.”
“I know, because I am there. The proof is in my mailbox. In countless letters of hatred I’ve been called ‘piece of garbage,’ ‘an arrogant pompous piece of s…, ‘a disgrace,’ an ‘asshole…(who) will burn in hell,’ and the ‘embodiment of Satan himself.’”
Reeves also blasted the Trump administration for a lack of diversity in judicial appointments. Then he said that Trump’s criticism of the judicial system reminded him of tactics used by the KKK during the Jim Crow era.
Is Reeves ignorant of the fact that his fellow Democrats have been criticizing and attacking the US Supreme Court, calling them dangerous and guilty of overreaching their power? Does that mean that his fellow Democrats are also guilty of KKK tactics as Reeves has accused Trump of?
Does Reeves really believe that there is anyone or any position that is beyond criticism or reproach? Is he that ignorant and naïve or is he so blinded by his racist hatred of President Donald Trump that he doesn’t see his own hypocrisy?
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