Well, sort of.
It’s another of these “I’m sorry if I offended him” kind of non-apologies.
I wrote a post a few days ago about Judge George Epps, a South Carolina municipal judge, who berated and embarrassed a disabled man for bringing a clearly identified service dog into his courtroom.
Denying a service dog access to a building is in violation of federal law.
Rather than risk being held in contempt of court, Bob Godfrey and his Golden Retriever, Jasmine, left the courtroom.
Epps had said, among other things, “ You ought to know better than to bring a dog into a courtroom. That just really upsets me."
Continuing to show his arrogance and ignorance of the law, later that day Epps wrote a memo to his bailiffs and security officers telling them no animals were to be allowed in his court without his approval.
Godfrey does not accept the apology, believing that the judge’s attitude was way out of line. He has an audiotape of the comments. When he files a formal complaint, the city will send the tape to the state’s office on Judicial Conduct.
Epps told a local newspaper he didn't know dogs could be trained to pick up people if they fall.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990.
Judge Epps really should know that ignorance of the law doesn’t hold up in court.
The story from Charleston.