A Utah Judge has been suspended after he bashed Donald Trump on Social Media and in court.
The court ruling also noted a moment in court that demonstrated the judgeâ€™s political leanings and views of the president.
When a defendant said he was praying to get a large tax return in 2017 to pay off his fines and avoid going to jail, Kwan appeared to tell the man he shouldnâ€™t hold his breath because of President Trump.
â€œPrayer might be the answer,â€ the judge said, â€œâ€™cause he just signed an order to start building the wall and he has no money to do that, and so if you think you are going to get taxes back this year, uh, yeah, maybe, maybe not. But donâ€™t worry, there is a tax cut for the wealthy, so if you make over $500,000 youâ€™re getting a tax cut.
He also attacked him on Social Media:
Three days after the 2016 election, Kwan wrote on Facebook, â€œThink Iâ€™ll go to the shelter to adopt a cat before the President-Elect grabs them allâ€ â€” a reference to the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump was heard bragging about grabbing women’s genitals without consent.
Almost a month after Trumpâ€™s inauguration, Kwan said â€œwelcome to the beginning of the fascist takeoverâ€ and questioned whether Congressional Republicans would be â€œthe American Reichstag,â€ this time referring to the political body of Nazi Germany.
Judge Kwan defended his online commentary by stating that he had a First Amendment right to share his views about elected officials’ political and social stances, calling it â€œconstitutionally protected speechâ€ and describing his statements as â€œsocial commentary or humor.â€
In response, the ruling written by Utah Supreme Court Justice John Pearce dryly noted, â€œIt is an immutable and universal rule that judges are not as funny as they think they are. If someone laughs at a judgeâ€™s joke, there is a decent chance that the laughter was dictated by the courtroomâ€™s power dynamic and not by a genuine belief that the joke was funny.â€
The in-court bashing is certainly the worst part of this. We all know that judges are humans so they are obviously going to have biases either way. What is not okay is to openly bring that bias into the courtroom. The 6-month-suspension Kwan is facing is justified here and I would love to see other courtrooms around America looked at to make sure Political Bias isn’t becoming a part of the courtroom.
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