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A Louisville judge, incensed when a prosecutor questioned his authority to scrap a jury panel because it lacked minorities, did not turn to appeals courts, legal precedent or other avenues typical for aggrieved jurists.Stevens suggested there was "something much more sinister," and wrote that the prosecutor will "live in infamy".Stevens is scheduled for a hearing Monday that could usher him off the bench for good.In April, Stevens agreed to temporarily step down from the bench.The defense asked Stevens to dismiss the panel.Stevens then dismissed the panel because it didn't represent the community's racial diversity.In January 2015, after the defendant was acquitted by another jury, Wine asked Kentucky's Supreme Court to review whether a judge could dismiss a random jury panel for racial imbalance absent any evidence that minorities were intentionally excluded.Judges must be mindful when speaking out, but Stevens raised legitimate concerns about jury diversity, said Dallas attorney John G. Browning, who writes about judges using social media.
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