Former Anne Arundel judicial hopeful says state sponsors ‘racial discrimination’ in appointing judges
Former Anne Arundel County Circuit Court candidate Rickey Nelson Jones, appearing Thursday at a hearing on a lawsuit he has filed, accused the state of sponsoring “racial discrimination” in its judicial selection process.
Jones, a Baltimore attorney, lost his election bid to the Circuit Court bench in 2016. His lawsuit against Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Barbera claims discriminatory practices by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
The state’s 16 nominating commissions make recommendations to the governor on appointments to the state’s trial courts. The governor makes the final decisions.
It’s the second time Jones has challenged the process. A 2015 federal lawsuit is …