Looks like someone got a little TOO comfortable in the role of ‘judicial activism’ and got burned by it.
The whole POINT of the ‘judicial activism’ racket is to maintain at least a pretense of being politically impartial. If you get caught legislating from the bench, or even picking sides, the jig is up.
And so it was that when an Immigration Judge tipped her political hand from the bench, she had to get the hook.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said in a statement on Sept. 17 that Carmene “Zsa Zsa” DePaolo was presiding over an immigration case of an individual who was facing deportation and a subsequent 10-year bar on re-entry into the United States. At the time, DePaolo was an immigration judge on the Otay Mesa Immigration Court in California.
During that hearing, which was open to the public, DePaolo remarked that the penalty was “a pretty harsh thing” that Clinton had intended to change as long as “the Senate becomes a Democratic body and there’s some hope that they can actually pass immigration legislation,” according to the OSC.
The judge then took a shot at Republicans saying that they “aren’t going to do anything” about immigration “if they can help it,” other than to “try to deport everybody.”
According to the decision, the “respondent’s actions raises the specter that this nation’s courtrooms are partisan, and that judges consider political platforms when advising litigants. The very nature of her offense politicizes the judiciary and the federal workforce and militates toward a more severe sanction.”
As they saying goes, she made the mistake of saying ‘the quiet part out loud’.
You don’t have to look very far to see evidence of rulings that are obviously politically charged. Some rulings against Trump that were subsequently overturned come to mind.
And even SCOTUS itself took some serious heat over the gymnastics they went through in trying to make Obamacare ‘conform’ to Constitutional requirements. (A decision that is still held up to criticism today.)
DePaolo, who was the immigration judge on the Otay Mesa Immigration Court in California, was subsequently fined $1,000—the maximum possible civil penalty—and given a two-and-a-half-year debarment from federal service.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of this case and believe the significant disciplinary action imposed against Judge DePaolo is appropriate and warranted,” Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner said in the statement.
It raises a question: if and when this judge returns, will she come back with a new sense of objectivity? Or will she just do a better job of hiding her true colors?
It’s not a judge’s job to legislate from the bench, or rule according to the laws she wished were in force… but to faithfully interpret the law as it presently exists.