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Official complaint filed against Talladega Co. Probate Judge Randy Jinks for inappropriate behavior

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Official documents about a long-rumored investigation surrounding Talladega Co. Probate Judge Randy Jinks are coming to light citing multiple instances of inappropriate demeanor, usage of work-assigned communication devices, and abuse of office.

The damning 78-page complaint, filed by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) on March 3, says Judge Jinks started to act out six months into his term. There were numerous infractions including:

  • Racist and/or racially insensitive demeanor
  • Sexually inappropriate demeanor and/or other inappropriate comments to and/or about women
  • Inappropriate expression of anger and/or use of and/or allowance of profanity
  • Other conduct unbefitting to the Judicial Office
  • Continued inappropriate demeanor despite notice of impropriety
  • Inappropriate use of work-assigned password-protected computer and cellular telephone and/or appearance thereof
  • Additional abuse of the prestige of the Office including seeking early release of Ms. R.T. from her criminal sentence and seeking aid-friend’s sale of life insurance policy

The complaint states “racist and racially insensitive slurs and comments about African Americans; making sexual and/or inappropriate comments about the appearance and anatomy of females; making sexual and/or inappropriate comments to employees, e.g. about sexual activity; watching and sharing with employees a video of women doing a striptease, a video of a scantily clad woman provocatively dancing, and/or provocative photograph or image; looking at women inappropriately; sharing sexually inappropriate anecdotes; making degrading, ridiculing comments to or about women, including female employees; cursing and playing a video with cursing; and general using crude, coarse, vulgar, offensive and improper language” were some the non-isolated instances contributing to the investigation.

Per JIC standards, “every investigation affords the judge opportunities to respond to the allegations and to present argument and evidence, as the judge deems appropriate.” In the filing, Judge Jinks’ response was interpreted by JIC as a failure “to recognize and acknowledge the inappropriateness of much of his demeanor and thus has failed to accept responsibility for it.”

In all, because of his actions, Judge Jinks violated between one to six different Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics.

SylacaugaNews.com reached out to Judge Jinks. He said he did not have a statement, that he had not yet talked to his attorney, and expects to have something early next week.


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