Sunday, May 22, 2016

The nice thing about having a Democrat in the White House is that there is never any bad news.

Why would we be surprised that this is what happens when "results-oriented Social Justice Warriors" take over?

//U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen denounced their conduct as "unseemly and unprofessional." Their lies, the judge noted, conned the 26 plaintiff states that were suing to stop the executive action, into "foregoing a request for a temporary restraining order."

Judge Hanen witheringly noted that he did not have the power to disbar the lowlife lawyers, and it is an astounding rebuke that he would mention that possibility. But he did "revoke the pro hac vice status of out-of-state lawyers who act unethically in court," meaning that the attorneys in question will no longer have privileges to practice law before courts in the state of Texas.

He is requiring all DOJ attorneys working in the 26 states participating in the case to take three hours of ethics training each year — presumably to remind them both of what's right and of their colleagues' disgraceful behavior.

It is rare for a federal judge to lay into government attorneys this way. Or, rather, it was before President Obama took office. Now it is a lot more common.

Only a month ago, an appellate court judge in the Sixth Circuit similarly excoriated Justice Department attorneys for unethically dragging out the discovery process in another lawsuit, in which they were defending the Internal Revenue Service. In that case, the judge criticized the lawyers' "studied obstruction," and repeated use of transparently bogus arguments to drag their feet in the lower courts.

Judge Raymond Ketheledge wrote pointedly that "lawyers in the Department of Justice have a long and storied tradition of defending the nation's interests and enforcing its laws ... in a manner worthy of the Department's name. The conduct of the IRS's attorneys in the district court falls outside that tradition."//

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