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Judge uses racial slur to describe defendant, blames New York upbringing

By Chris Perez,

A Miami judge who grew up in the Big Apple has come under fire for using the word “moolie” to describe a black defendant.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stephen Millan is facing a 30-day suspension and $5,000 fine for his comments, which were made in October 2016 while speaking with the defendant’s lawyer in chambers about scheduling.

The 52-year-old admitted to using the offensive term and apologized — claiming it was something he said “intermittently as a ‘youngster’ growing up in New York.”

The word is a shortened version of “mulignan” — which is a Sicilian slur that literally translates as “eggplant,” according to court officials.

It’s used to describe black people or anyone who has a dark complexion.


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