Lawyers speak up for accused judge

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HOUSTON - Lawyers came to the defense of a judge accused of making racially intolerant remarks.

The lawyers met around 12 p.m. at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in the 500 block of Rusk in downtown Houston.

The Texas Civil Rights Project of Houston asked for U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes' resignation after they said he made the racially intolerant remarks during a hearing in November of 2012.

In an exchange with the state's attorney, the TCRP Houston claimed Judge Hughes said that staffs of one color always work better.

TCRP Houston's regional director Amin Alehashem said there is absolutely no room for that kind of discourse by a federal judge obliged to enforce anti-discrimination laws.

"We're here to call it like we see it today," said Craig Washington, an attorney. "Lynn Hughes is a fair minded, open minded, wonderful man."

Defense attorney Robert Fickman said Hughes is an outstanding judge.

"We are appalled that this honorable judge has been accused of racism," said Fickman. "These allegations are ludicrous. I have defended clients from every part of the world in front of him. Neither race, nor religion, nor country of origin have every played a part in his rulings."

Fickman said the criminal defense bar adamantly denies recent allegations of racism made against Judge Hughes.

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