Craig Doran has resigned and apologized for the Halloween costume photo of his that had surfaced online.
On Friday, July 2, State Supreme Justice Judge had made the announcement. His resignation came as a surprise to many. In a lengthy apology, Doran reflected on the picture. As of now, a new administrative judge has not been announced.
Judge Craig Doran’s Halloween costume photo sparks controversy
On July 2, Doran revealed he would be stepping down from his position due to a picture that was taken during a Halloween party in 1988. Doran alleged that the picture had been making rounds on social media.
It is unclear who first shared the picture. Speaking about the event, Doran revealed he was dressed as a “well-known public figure of color.” It is unclear at the moment who Doran was referring to. However, it looks like Doran decided to face the picture before it stirred more drama.
Craig Doran’s apology explored
After finding out about the picture, Doran issued an apology and shed more light on what happened. Doran revealed he was stepping down in accordance with the state’s chief judge’s “zero-tolerance policy on matters of racial bias and insensitivity.”
He said: “I did not comprehend at the time the hurtful nature of my actions. I know now that an act of this nature is considered to be racist. I can assure you that this event in 1988 in no way reflects my beliefs and principles.”
He further continued: “I ask for forgiveness from these who have been hurt by this, those I may have embarrassed, and from the people who have taken time in their lives to educate me about the hurt my actions caused.”
He concluded by saying: “I am deeply sorry for my decision to appear in this manner. I did not comprehend at the time the hurtful nature of my actions. I know now that an act of this nature is considered to be racist. I can assure you that this event in 1988 in no way reflects my beliefs and principles.”
Officials respond to apology
The Monroe County Bar Association also responded to Doran’s apology. Their statement read: “Doran has been a champion of diversity within the bench and bar and has worked with the MCBA in its attempts to bring about real and substantive change. We can all condemn the actions of individuals without condemning the individuals themselves.”