Mark Tranquilli’s alleged actions were inexcusable, so it is disheartening to see his letter making excuses for his behavior. We see this statement as further proof that he is not fit to be a judge.
As a judge he is held to a higher standard. A busy schedule does not diminish his responsibility or his behavior.
While he gave a cursory acknowledgement of the pain he’s caused, he does not seem to fully appreciate the damage his statements from his position of power have on the black community. It is inconceivable that he believes there is a justification for his words and actions in this context.
As a criminal court judge, he holds one of the foundations of our democracy—a person’s liberty—in his hands. His alleged conduct as detailed in the complaint demonstrate an unacceptable bias. His words in his letter of “apology” do not demonstrate an appreciation of that bias nor the harm his conduct has caused. His statement is self-serving, disrespectful and offensive.
In the end, this statement is further proof of his poor temperament, lack of awareness and his demonstrated inability to be a fair and impartial judge to all citizens of Allegheny County.