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Thousands march in Washington, D.C. protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of local police. Thousands march in Washington, D.C., protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of local police, on June 6, 2020. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

This article reflects on issues of race over Judge Clarence Seeliger’s 40-year career on the bench and 50 years as a Georgia lawyer. This article reflects Seeliger’s conversation with Charles Bailey and has been condensed and edited for clarity.

When I ran for office in 1980 against DeKalb State Court Judge J. Oscar Mitchell, it wasn’t because I wanted to be a judge. I was just mad as hell and wanted him to be gone.

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