Judge Admits “Reverse Racism” In Convicting White Man Of Murdering Black Male
A retired judge is declaring that he was guilty of “reverse racism” when convicting a white man for the murder of an African-American male in 1999. Former Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Frank Barbaro, who is white, convicted Donald Kagan, now 39-years-old, with the shooting of Wavell Wint outside of a Brooklyn movie theater in 1998. However, he said his work as a civil rights activist made him unwilling to consider Kagan’s justification defense.
“Mr. Kagan had no intent to kill that man . . . I believe now that I was seeing this young white fellow as a bigot, as someone who assassinated an African-American,” said Barbaro. “I was prejudiced during the trial. I realized I made a terrible mistake and there was a man in jail because of my mistake.”
Barbaro contacted a defense attorney two years ago, who filed a motion to overturn the conviction. However, it’s unclear how Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson will proceed. Kagan could be acquitted on all charges or be released on a plea deal for time served. It’s also possible that a retrial could take place or that Simpson will simply leave Kagan in prison.
Barbaro himself will not face any legal repercussion for his admitted error. Understandably, Wint’s family is fuming over the new revelation. “I shouldn’t be back here reliving the past. I thought everything was over with,” said Wavell Wint Jr., who was just four-years-old when his father was killed. “He should be ashamed of himself as a judge.”
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