Monday, March 20, 2017
About that Hawaii judgment against President Trump's executive order . . .
According to The Astute Bloggers, US District Court judge Derrick K. Watson had lunch on March 15th, in Hawaii, with former President Obama. Their rendezvous was documented in a photograph on the restaurant's Facebook page.
Later that same afternoon, Judge Watson ruled against President Trump's latest executive order concerning immigration.
I'm not saying that former President Obama had anything to do with Judge Watson's ruling . . . but we can't rule that out, can we? Their meeting appears to have been at least as ill-advised as the notorious encounter between former President Clinton and the Attorney-General last year, of which a CBS reporter said that "the appearance of impropriety is just stunning".
Under the circumstances, their lunch date was, at the very least, breathtakingly poor judgment on the part of both the former President and the Judge. It certainly appears to contravene Hawaii's Revised Code of Judicial Conduct, and therefore calls into question the propriety of Judge Watson's ruling. He should, at the very least, have recused himself from the case, in the light of his meeting with the former President. At worst, the situation might even be construed as an impeachable offense by the judge.
Why has the mainstream media not picked up this story?