After hiring a clerk accused of racism, federal judges have been cleared of misconduct
Two Republican jurors, including the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals' chief judge, have been cleared of misconduct.
In Birmingham, Alabama, the 2nd United States Circuit Court of Appeals' Judicial Council cited the misconduct complaint against Chief U.S. Circuit Judge William Pryor of the 11th Circuit and U.S. District Judge Corey Maze.
Pryor and Maze "committed no misconduct in performing due diligence and then in choosing to hire the candidate based on the information they received."
Both sides have responded to requests for comment.
Crystal Clanton, a student at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, is expected to clerk for Maze before starting a clerkship under Pryor in 2023.
Clanton's time as the conservative student organization Turning Point USA's national field director sparked the criticism in 2017. A 2017 New Yorker interview looked at how the group was dealing with racist bias allegations.
Clanton, a journalist, has reported that she mailed a text message to a colleague saying "I HATE BLACK PEOPLE" and engaged in other racial activities.
Clanton was able to leave her comments anonymously.
Clanton resigned from Turning Point and was later hired by Ginni Thomas, the wife of Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court, to support her media endeavors, before attending George Mason.
The appointment of her clerk prompted further news reports and a November letter seven Democratic members of the House of Representatives received from the judiciary demanding an investigation.
A court in December found that Pryor and Maze had hired a clerk who had a "history of nakedly racist and hateful conduct." The case before the 2nd Circuit council was prompted by the letter.
Debra Ann Livingston, the Chief United States Circuit Judge, said the judges knew of the allegations, but that after due diligence, made a "considered judgment" the claims were false.
People who knew Clanton that the allegations were false, according to Livingston.