Judge suspended for anti-Trump comments

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A United States judge has been suspended for six months without pay after making derogatory comments about Donald Trump, including criticising his “inability to govern and political incompetence.”

Utah district judge Michael Kwan’s suspension earlier this week by the state’s supreme court says that his behaviour was in violation of the judicial code of conduct and sullied the reputation of the judiciary.

“Judge Kwan’s behaviour denigrates his reputation as an impartial, independent, dignified, and courteous jurist who takes no advantage of the office in which he serves,” the court said in a 19 page release.

As regards Kwan’s postings about Trump on Facebook and LinkedIn, the court said they “were laden with blunt, and sometimes indelicate, criticism.”

In one post on January 20, 2017, when Trump was inaugurated president, Kwan wrote:

“Welcome to governing, will you dig your heels in and spend the next four years undermining our country’s reputation and standing in the world? … Will you continue to demonstrate your inability to govern and political incompetence?”

In another posting a month later, Kwan wrote: “Welcome to the beginning of the fascist takeover.”

He continued, “We need to… be diligent in questioning Congressional Republicans if they are going to be the American Reichstag and refuse to stand up for the Constitution, refuse to uphold their oath of office and enable the tyrants to consolidate their power.”

Kwan, who has served as a judge in the city of Taylorsville for the past two decades and has a history of misconduct linked to politically charged comments and his temper, has acknowledged that his behaviour was unbecoming a judge.

But he tried to make an excuse by claiming his in-court political statements was an attempt at humour and argued abeit unsuccessfully, that a suspension would amount to infringing on his freedom of speech.

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3 comments

  1. Someone forgot to take their meds

  2. Tootsie's Creationz

    This judge is part of what’s wrong with our country and the judicial system. He has gotten in trouble previously for running his mouth and his temper? He should have been fired a long time ago. Fired and dis-barred. Letting him keep his job and his license only made him feel like he could say or do whatever he wants with no fear of repercussions. Being in the position of a judge in our country, should hold him to a HIGHER MORAL STANDARD than the regular citizens. Yes, he has the right of free speech. He also has the duty to keep his emotions/temper/opinions to himself when it involves such an emotionally charged subject as Donald Trump the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Such statements like he made are not simply an opinion. They also incite anger amongst many citizens who support Trump. In so doing, it could actually be considered HATE SPEECH. Whether that was intended or not. That is the result. Hate speech is a CRIME! As a JUDGE for so many years, he KNOWS this! Therefore there is no legal excuse for his statements or his actions. As such, LEGALLY, he should be FIRED & DIS-BARRED IMMEDIATELY and BANNED from ever being a judge, lawyer or in this country’s judicial system, in ANY CAPACITY WHATSOEVER, in this country for the rest of his life. He should lose his pension as well. He should not be allowed to benefit in ANY way due to the nature of his CRIME. If this had been a Conservative Republican who made the exact same statement directed towards Obama, they would have been arrested, for treason, and put in Federal Prison for the rest of their lives. I know there won’t be any jail time for this judge, but he should be used as an example to show the rest of the Leftist, Liberal DemonRats that there are repercussions and consequences for spewing any type of HATE SPEECH OR VIOLENCE against our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. Such things will be considered TREASON and dealt with as our LAWS REQUIRE!
    Something needs to be done with all of these numerous TRAITORS in this country! They have been allowed over and over to threaten OUR PRESIDENT! THAT IS TREASON! Treason is PUNISHABLE by DEATH! The Secret Service should have arrested ALL of those TRAITORS the FIRST time they spoke in a threatening manner. Any other president this WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN TOLERATED AT ALL!!
    I’m still trying to figure out what they are waiting on! An attempt on President Trump’s LIFE?!!!
    All of this is totally out of control and TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!!

  3. A judge who takes the blindfold off justice is no longer a judge but a political hack!

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