Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The question about Judge Curiel that the media has not asked Trump

What ruling has Judge Gonzalo Curiel made that demonstrates impartiality? When people questioned Trump he responded with the claim that he is building a wall and his tone suggested that the question was stupid. It stopped there.

I cannot claim to have read or heard everything that Trump has said. Frankly, at my age I am conserving brain cells. Nevertheless he doesn't seem to have mentioned the ruling that depicts impartiality. Presumably that relates to the release of all those embarrassing documents. To the best of my knowledge his attorneys did not file an emergency appeal at the Ninth Circuit to stop the release which leads me to believe that the ruling was judicially and legally appropriate in response to a motion by the Washington Post.

Meanwhile Trump's defenders, including the Washington Times have suggested that the judge's membership in La Raza Lawyers of San Diego raises a legitimate question. They are aping a line from Shrub's AG, Alberto Gonzalez who wrote in the Washington Post that Judge Curiel’s “circumstances, while not necessarily conclusive, at least raise a legitimate question to be considered.”

No. They are both wrong for raising the issue in the abstract. It only becomes a legitimate question when it relates to a ruling or rulings. What is it that this judge has done wrong? There is a remedy for that which is the Court of Appeals.

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