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Press Release Chief Justice Regrets Commencement Comment

Chief Justice Regrets Commencement Comment
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  • Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct

Media Contact for Chief Justice Regrets Commencement Comment

Jill Pearson, Executive Director

Boston, MA — The Commission on Judicial Conduct today released a statement from Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Supreme Judicial Court. This resolves a complaint filed against Chief Justice Marshall regarding a comment by her preceding her commencement speech at Brandeis University on May 22, 2005.

Chief Justice Marshall makes the following statement: "In greeting the audience immediately before delivering my formal commencement speech, I commented on the hundreds of blue and white balloons, tethered in nets to the rafters and waiting to be released later, by saying 'No red states here.'  The comment was an unconsidered, spontaneous attempt to connect with the exuberant celebratory feeling in the audience, reflecting the balloons I had seen.  The reference to 'red states' was not part of my written, prepared speech. I regret the comment, and I apologize for it.  I did not intend to say anything of a political nature. The comment did not reflect what I had intended.  I regretted the comment as soon as I said it, and that has never waned.  I hold sacred my oath to decide every case fairly and impartially and according to law."


Media Contact for Chief Justice Regrets Commencement Comment

  • Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct 

    The Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC) is the state agency responsible for investigating complaints alleging that a state court judge has engaged in judicial misconduct or has a disability preventing him or her from properly performing judicial duties.

    The CJC is also responsible for pursuing, when it is appropriate, remedial action or discipline against state court judges.
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