Leftist Mainstream Media and Immigrants’ Rights Groups Take Their Claws Out Against Memphis Judge Jim Lammey


Memphis Criminal Court Judge Jim Lammey said he dispenses justice regularly to gang members who, in his words, “would cut your throat for what you have in your pockets.”

Lammey also said he angers people when he sends their sons off to prison for 25 to 30 years.

But one of Lammey’s recent Facebook posts angered two possibly more ferocious and determined groups of people — immigrant rights groups and the left-leaning mainstream media.

As several Memphis media outlets and even Newsweek reported, people unloaded a torrent of anger after Lammey shared an article from someone later revealed as a Holocaust denier.

According to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Lammey treats Hispanic defendants different in court and makes them register with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“The media is not concentrating on the fact that these people are illegal aliens. They just want to focus on how bad of a guy I am. They are switching the narrative from ‘Are these people following the law?’ to ‘He is not being fair and impartial, and he’s treating illegal aliens different because they are illegal aliens,’” Lammey told The Tennessee Star.

“But all I’m doing is enforcing the law as it already exists. They know I have the law on my side. It’s like in court when you’re a lawyer. You are making your argument. You don’t have the law then you argue the facts. If you don’t have the facts then you argue the law. If you don’t have either one then you attack the other side.”

The article Lammey shared — with David Cole as author — appeared on a website called takimag.com

Lammey told The Tennessee Star he never agreed with the content and said as much on Facebook. Lammey only said he thought it was interesting.

“There was nothing in the article that says this man is a Holocaust denier,” Lammey said.

“I would have had to have been a clairvoyant to know this guy was a Holocaust denier.”

Latino Memphis Board Chair Bryce Ashby reportedly wants Lammey to resign as judge.

Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee, meanwhile, reportedly said Lammey is “wedded to biases perpetuated on racist and anti-Semitic sites than to hard facts and his own experiences.”

Lammey, however, emphasized again that his job obligates him to enforce existing law.

“They don’t have the law on their side, so now they are trying to attack my character and my ability to be fair and impartial. They are sifting through all my Facebook posts to show that I can’t be fair and impartial to illegal aliens,” Lammey said.

Lammey said the Facebook posts have nothing to do with his ability to show fairness and objectivity in court.

Does Lammey plan to deactivate his Facebook account?

“I didn’t want to get off of social media immediately because it makes it look like I’m hiding something. You’re damned if you do, and you’re damned if you don’t. Here is the thing. I see what is happening in our country. I’m an American first. A criminal court clerk judge second. I should have a right, as long as I am not commenting on things that apply to my court, to do so,” Lammey told The Star.

“I guess if I were an immigration judge who makes comments about immigration then that might not be a good thing. None of the stuff has anything to do with my courtroom. The bottom line is if you enter the country illegally then don’t break the law. That way I won’t ever see you.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Jim Lammey” by Jim Lammey








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6 Thoughts to “Leftist Mainstream Media and Immigrants’ Rights Groups Take Their Claws Out Against Memphis Judge Jim Lammey”

  1. […] The Tennessee Star reported, an article Lammey shared on Facebook— with David Cole as author — appeared on a website […]

  2. Kay Simmons

    What the heck is a “criminal court clerk judge”??? (He writes it in the next-to-last paragraph…”I’m an American first. A criminal court clerk judge second.”

    I’ve never heard of that before…and can’t find it searching online. Thanks in advance!!

    1. Jana Ward

      What is so wrong with being a American First! No where in the world can i go and be offended by who or whatever they pray to. I have no problem with immigrants being here do it the right way we do not need more people draining our government. Only in the good ole USA do we let people come here and take God out of our schools and mouth because it is offensive to some. There is a right and wrong way to come into our Country lets enforce right way! A true American will enforce the laws that have been put into place for everyone’s protection. An Elected (which he was Twice) Criminal Court Clerk Judge sees murderers, drug dealers, and gang members just to name a few in his court on even given day.

  3. […] told The Star last week his job obligates him to enforce existing law, and doing so has angered many […]

  4. Betty c

    The evil democrat people like on here are just plain ignorant they don’t care about laws they break them they need to go to jail!!

  5. Steve Allen

    So Judge Lammey is doing his job, which is to dispense justice against people who break the law. First, if you are in this country illegally you have already broken the law. If you commit a crime, you have now broken the law twice. Liberals only believe in laws that benefit their socialist cause. They also love to “play the race card”. I thank Judge Lammey for doing his job protecting law abiding citizens. If you break the law, you need to pay the penalty.