A NY judge who is a registered Democrat was forced to resign from the bench with an agreement that he will never seek nor accept an appointment to any court for the rest of his life after posting a picture of a MAGA hat along with a noose, using the caption, “If we want to make America great again we will have to make evil people fear punishment again.” Critics say that Judge Kyle R. Canning’s posting “conveyed racial and/or political bias.”
Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian said :
“The noose is an incendiary image with repugnant racial connotations. It is the very antithesis of law and justice. For a judge to use the image of the noose in making a political point undermines the integrity of the judiciary and public confidence in the courts.”
After his resignation, which came in June, Canning agreed to never “seek or accept judicial office” in the future.
According to the Washington Post, Canning felt “coerced into resigning.”
“They have presented me with several different options in resolving what they claim to be a serious offense,” he said. “I feel as though, due to my current financial situation and obligations to my family, I am being coerced into resigning.”
In an apology, Canning said, “It has been a pleasure serving this town as one of its justices, and I will greatly miss my duties. l do formally apologize for the inconvenience and hardship that I have imposed on my co-justice and the Town of Altona.”
Canning told the New York Times that his post wasn’t racist, and that he believed the post to be a political statement on the death penalty. He also pointed out that he is a registered Democratic voter, and that he does not support President Donald Trump.