Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson’s antics at Saturday’s Urban League rally (TNT, 7-21) were beneath his office and contrary to the public interest.
If the public is to have confidence in the integrity of our legal system, it is imperative that judicial officers uphold the dignity of their office and avoid any appearance of bias. Cuthbertson’s disregard for decorum has destroyed his own credibility and undermines public confidence in the courts at a time when that confidence is most vulnerable.
If the George Zimmerman trial were to be held in Pierce County tomorrow, is there any reason to believe that a fair trial could be obtained in Cuthbertson’s court? Obviously, the answer is “no.”
Citizen Cuthbertson is certainly entitled to hold any opinion that suits his conscious, but Judge Cuthbertson’s lack of restraint demonstrates that he is unfit for the bench.