Make that “somebodies,” and the “somebodies” in this case are Obama and the Department of Justice. And they are in trouble with a Federal judge, Andrew Hanon.
I admit, I was a bit gleeful at the response and reaction of this Judge to Obama and the DOJ’s unlawful Executive Action on illegal immigrants. Yep, Judge Hanon was just a tad testy about the actions of the DOJ. From National Review:
[…] In other words, the Obama administration launched its executive amnesty program behind the court’s back, and lied about it — ultimately granting lawful residence to more than 100,000 illegal immigrants until the court halted the program with an injunction. If the government had told the truth, the state plaintiffs (including Texas) would have been able to seek a temporary restraining order to attempt to block the program. The judge was furious:
Such conduct is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word “Justice.”7 Suffice it to say, the citizens of all fifty states, their counsel, the affected aliens and the judiciary all deserve better.
In response, the court ordered the DOJ to provide lists of each affected illegal alien in each of the plaintiff states, required each DOJ attorney who practices in each of the plaintiff states to take additional legal ethics courses for a period of five years, and ordered the Attorney General to produce a comprehensive plan for ensuring that similar misconduct will not occur in the future. The court did not have the power to disbar the individual lawyers who made the misrepresentations, but it did revoke their permission to appear in the case.
The DOJ’s conduct is an example of lies compounding lawlessness. The Obama administration circumvented Congress by attempting mass-scale executive amnesty via memorandum, then its lawyers attempted to circumvent judicial accountability by lying to a federal judge… […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Ohmygosh – how angry is this Federal Judge? I urge you to read the rest to get even more of a sense of his anger over the actions of the DOJ. And, WOW about revoking the permission of those attorneys to be able to show in court on this matter. Holy SMOKES!
I swear, it is so, so gratifying when courts do the right thing, show up for Justice and confront injustice even, or especially, when it is being perpetrated by the very ones who are supposed to uphold the law. That this judge fearlessly took on not just the DOJ but the President for lying through their collective teeth about the Illegal Immigration Executive Action says a lot about him. I wish we had a hundred more like Judge Hanon.
But as the saying goes, “The Lord Giveth, And The Lord Taketh Away,” or in this case, an Army judge. As good as this news about Obama and the DOJ getting their MUCH deserved comeuppance for lying and violating an order comes this news about Bowe Bergdahl’s Court-martial. From the American Thinker:
On Tuesday an Army judge postponed the trial of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from August 2016 to February 2017. For those keeping track, this means that Bergdahl’s trial for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy will conveniently take place after Barack Obama leaves office. This will save Obama the embarrassment of seeing Bergdahl court martialed while commander-in-chief, after having traded five powerful and notorious terrorists for the soldier, while his functionaries described Bergdahl has having served “honorably.” And if you think this is just vagaries of the military legal system playing out, I’ve got a nice bridge to sell.
When the Army announced in December last year that Bergdahl would be tried by a General Courts Martial, many observers cheered the news believing this meant the old Army was stepping up and not being politically cowed. I disagreed at the time, and still do. The decision by General Robert Abrams, the convening authority in the case, came just four days after Bergdahl went public with his story in “Serial“, the popular PBS podcast series. Prior to Bergdahl’s appearance on Serial and Abrams’ action, many close observers of the case assumed that the two sides were attempting to work out a plea deal, based on the fact that two Army investigating officers had recommended some degree of leniency in the case. Most probably talks broke down over the nature of discharge Bergdahl would receive in return for some kind of guilty plea, and the soldier then went public with his story to pressure the Army and to pollute the potential jury pool. The Army reacted in kind, throwing the book at Bergdahl, though it seemed until then that this was the last thing it wanted to do.
The reason for the Army’s reluctance was obvious. From the start Obama improperly and repeatedly expressed support for Bergdahl through his feting of Bergdahl’s parents in the Rose Garden after his release, and his defense of the deal with the Taliban that freed the soldier. Omitted by Obama in all this was the fact that Bergdahl fell into the Taliban’s hands by deserting his unit from a combat outpost, putting himself and his fellow soldiers in danger, and possibly causing the death and injury of soldiers and airmen sent out to find or rescue him.
As commander-in-chief of the military, Obama is not supposed to interpose himself into military justice considerations. But either out of ignorance or political calculation (and most likely both) he did just that. And Army commanders paid attention. They’ve slow walked what is really a pretty simple case. Only after a long delay did the Army conduct and complete a preliminary investigation, which resulted in the first recommendation of leniency. After another long delay the Army conducted a perfunctory Article 32 hearing before a different investigating officer, which resulted in second recommendation of leniency. Then came the likely breakdown in plea negotiations, Bergdahl’s podcast appearances, and Abrams referral to General Courts Martial. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Isn’t THAT convenient? Moving the court-martial until 2017 (presumably)? Uh, yeah – seems at leas one Army judge is more concerned about politics than justice, doesn’t it? Typical, just typical. Well, nowadays anyway…
But at least we have people like Justice Hanon looking out for the people of the United States since the President and DOJ can’t be bothered to do so. I guess that’s something, right?
Feel free to discus any of the above, or whatever else is on your minds. This is an Open Thread.