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Legal Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post
The same judge who put the brakes on President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration has gone on a rampage against the Department of Justice for conduct he deemed unethical.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, a George W. Bush appointee who sits in Brownsville, Texas, issued an extraordinary order on Thursday imposing a number of sanctions on administration lawyers for “misrepresentations” he says they made while the immigration case was before him in its early stages.
Hanen acknowledged that the merits of the case as a whole now rest with the U.S. Supreme Court, which will decide the case before the end of June. And he wrote that he “neither takes joy nor finds satisfaction” with his order.
But he nonetheless proceeded to chastise the administration for what he says were a number of misrepresentations in court filings and appearances by lawyers in the course of the litigation. These “misstatements,” he said, misled him and the 26 states that sued the government over its implementation of Obama’s plan to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.
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