Fraternity criticizing Trump in defense of federal judge

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Posted: Jun 14, 2016 10:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest black fraternities is criticizing presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his attacks on a federal judge.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. has come to the defense of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is a member of that fraternity.

Trump has claimed the U.S.-born Curiel cannot preside fairly over a case involving Trump University because the judge is of Mexican heritage and Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The fraternity's leader, Thomas L. Battles Jr., says "Kappa Alpha Psi stands firmly against the practice of judging a man solely by his race, creed or national origin."

Curiel joined Kappa Alpha Psi at its alpha chapter at Indiana University. The fraternity has more than 150,000 members around the world.