(CNN) The judge in the South Carolina church massacre case was reprimanded for using the N-word in court in 2003, according to a judicial disciplinary order posted on the South Carolina Supreme Court's website.
Charleston County Magistrate James B. Gosnell Jr. also showed favoritism toward another judge, the justices ruled.
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In November 2003, Gosnell was talking to a black defendant, whom he knew. Gosnell said he repeated to the defendant a phrase that he had heard spoken by a black sheriff's deputy.