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The last time I spoke with Seattle NAACP President James Bible about King County Deputy Prosecutor James Konat, he said that the NAACP was content

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NAACP Now Calling for Resignation of Deputy Prosecutor James Konat Over Racial Comments

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The last time I spoke with Seattle NAACP President James Bible about King County Deputy Prosecutor James Konat, he said that the NAACP was content to see the prosecutor "disciplined" for his racially charged comments in court about how "black folk don't testify against black folk."

That view has now shifted to a flat-out call for his resignation.

KIRO:

"Given what's been said and what we heard, we feel that it's necessary for him to resign," Seattle NAACP President James Bible said.

The shitstorm for Mr. Konat started when Washington Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers threw out the conviction of James Monday Jr., a killer who shot and killed 23-year-old Francisco Green while on videotape and who was doing 64 years in prison.

During the trial, many witnesses testified that they didn't remember details of the shooting, and Konat, in an apparent effort to discredit their testimony, made his "black folk" comments.

"The only thing that can explain to you the reasons why witness after witness after witness is called to this stand and flat-out denies what cannot be denied on that video is the code. And the code is black folk don't testify against black folk."

Justice Chambers ruled that Konat had thus unfairly prejudiced the jury, and he axed the conviction.

Meanwhile, Konat was in the midst of trying one of the most-watched rape/homicide cases in Seattle history--the Isaiah Kalebu case.

Soon afterward, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg's office announced that Konat would be taking an indefinite leave of absence.

A few days later, the beleaguered prosecutor was pulled off two major homicide cases.

Now comes the call for his job.

NAACP's James Bible wasn't available late on Tuesday. But I'm interested to hear what changed in his opinion from the time that a leave of absence and a tossed conviction was enough of a punishment, to now, when only a scalp will suffice.

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