Magnus Discrimination Trial Update: Judge Considering Sanctions Against Plaintiffs’ Lawyer for Racially Insensitive Comments

The judge presiding over a racial discrimination case against Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus has altered courtroom procedure because an attorney, who is representing the seven black police officers accusing Magnus of discrimination, made racially insensitive comments to a member of the defense team.

Judge Barry Goode ordered the courtroom be closed and locked during lunch breaks because plaintiffs’ attorney Stephen Jaffe called a Latino member of the defense team a “chihuahua.” The judge is considering possible sanctions against Jaffe, who is a middle-aged white male.

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