It is rare to see government officials in this administration held to the same standard of honesty and obedience to the law as are private citizens. Attorney General Eric Holder should have been thrown in jail over his obstruction in the case of Fast and Furious in which high powered weapons were provided to criminals in a misbegotten attempt to “track” the weapons.
Hillary Clinton should be serving time in a federal prison for exposing high level secrets to our enemies through her illegal server. Lois Lerner should be sued and imprisoned for her part in denying 501c3 status to conservative political groups, an action that might very well have affected the outcome of the 2012 presidential race. None of that happened, and the lawbreakers have never paid a price for their misdeeds.
Amazingly, one judge has had enough. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen is fed up with a whole slew of attorneys, and has taken action.
It is about time!
The Obama administration has wantonly disregarded the immigration laws of the United States, laws which they promised to uphold when they were sworn into office. The flood of illegal aliens and the huge numbers already here have swamped the states with tremendous costs, infrastructure demands, and in many cases, significant crime increases.
Twenty-six states have joined to file a lawsuit demanding that the Obama administration obey and respect the law. The Justice Department has been uncooperative and evasive in its response. The Justice Department should have been forthcoming, but as with so many things with this administration, they seem to feel that they are a law unto themselves so they will pick and choose what they decide to uphold. Judge Hanen finally said “no more!” Let’s hope this will just be the start of the corrective actions.
In a stunning ruling, the judge overseeing the challenge by 26 states to President Obama’s executive action in immigration has ordered all lawyers “employed at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. who appears, or seeks to appear, in a court (state or federal) in any of the 26 Plaintiff States annually attend a legal ethics course.”
In lambasting their conduct, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen wrote, “Such conduct is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word ‘Justice.’”
Accusing the DoJ lawyers of deliberate acts of untruthfulness, Judge Hanen wrote, “The United States Department of Justice has now admitted making statements that clearly did not match the facts. It has admitted that the lawyers who made these statements had knowledge of the truth when they made these misstatements.”
Judge Hanen’s order reads, in part:
Therefore, this Court, in an effort to ensure that all Justice Department attorneys who appear in the courts of the Plaintiff States that have been harmed by this misconduct are aware of and comply with their ethical duties, hereby orders that any attorney employed at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. who appears, or seeks to appear, in a court (state or federal) in any of the 26 Plaintiff States annually attend a legal ethics course. It shall be taught by at least one recognized ethics expert who is unaffiliated with the Justice Department. At a minimum, this course (or courses) shall total at least three hours of ethics training per year. The subject matter shall include a discussion of the ethical codes of conduct (which will include candor to the court and truthfulness to third parties) applicable in that jurisdiction.”
Concluding the order, Judge Hanen wrote, “This Court would be remiss if it left such unseemly and unprofessional conduct unaddressed.”
Judge Hanen also included a footnote that referenced Department of Justice attorneys who have been operating in a similarly unethical manner in supporting and representing the IRS. The only conclusion one can make is that the lack of ethics comes from the top down.
As Judge Hanen commented, the American people deserve a justice department worthy of the name rather than an agency of small-time liars and crooks who have the entire weight of the government behind them to abuse and misuse the system. While the requirement is overly modest, it is a start. Thank you Judge Hanen.