After an inflammatory post Facebook, Gwinnett County Judge Jim Hinkle has resigned on Wednesday after criticizing protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Judge Blum, another judge who worked with Hinkle, said in a statement, "For 14 years, Judge Hinkle has dutifully served this court. He is a lifelong public servant and former Marine. However, he has acknowledged that his statements on social media have disrupted the mission of this Court, which is to provide justice for all."
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Last Saturday, just minutes after the Charlottesville protests turned deadly, former Judge Hinkle wrote on Facebook calling protesters seeking the removal of a 1924 statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee "snowflakes" who have "no concept of history." He continued to write on Facebook, "It is what it is. Get over it and move on. Leave history alone - those who ignore history are deemed to repeat the mistake of the past.”
Several days later on Tuesday, Hinkle continued to comment on the subject saying, "the nut cases tearing down monuments" were akin to Islamic State terrorists.
Judge Blum, who accepted Hinkle's resignation, said that her decision "is not a comment on his personal opinions; he is entitled to those. While, thankfully, our Constitution protects the right of all citizens to express their opinions, Judges are held to a more stringent standard by the Judicial Canons." Former Judge Hinkle declined to apologize or rescind his statements on Facebook. In a statement, Hinkle said he did not "see anything controversial" about what he wrote on Facebook.