John A Kissel

Supreme Court Chief Justice Nominee Richard A. Robinson Promises To Tackle Discrimination In Courts

Supreme Court Chief Justice Nominee Richard A. Robinson Promises To Tackle Discrimination In Courts

Justice Richard A. Robinson told legislators Monday he would deal directly with racial discrimination if he becomes the next chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

If approved by the state House of Representatives and state Senate in the coming weeks, Robinson would become the first African-American chief justice in the state’s history.

“We live in a society where explicit racism is socially unacceptable,’’ Robinson said. “People make shortcuts. … We have to make sure that we aren’t imposing our biases at our jobs, judicial functions. Still, there’s some things that persist. We have to be on our guard for that.’’

As the first questioner, Sen. Edwin Gomes, a...

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