So how funny and yet embarrassing is this?
On Thursday, a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, ordered legal ethics training for Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys who used deception to mislead the court about when the Department of Homeland Security would begin implementing Obama’s “deferred action,” i.e., amnesty for illegal aliens.
“The facts of the deception are not in doubt,” Judge Hanen wrote in his scathing order that excoriated the Obama judges. “What remains before this Court is the question of whether the Government’s lawyers must play by the rules,” Hanen wrote, noting that “the question of how to deal with the conduct, or misconduct, of their counsel rests with” his Court.
“The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ” or “Justice Department”) has now admitted making statements that clearly did not match the facts. It has admitted that the lawyers who made these statements had knowledge of the truth when they made these misstatements. The DOJ’s only explanation has been that its lawyers either “lost focus” or that the “fact[s] receded in memory or awareness.” [Doc. No. 242 at 18].
These misrepresentations were made on multiple occasions starting with the very first hearing this Court held. This Court would be remiss if it left such unseemly and unprofessional conduct unaddressed.”
Judge Hanen further wrote that the applicable rules of conduct for attorneys is very clear with “no gray area or even grounds for debate.” Hanen writes that “candor is required by all rules and ethics” and that “was not the case here.”
“Counsel in this case violated virtually every interpretation of candor,” Hanen stated.
Judge Hanen ordered ethics training for the Obama attorneys as well as compelling Obama DOJ head Loretta Lynch to “ensure that DOJ attorneys act honestly in the future.”
“The Court also enters this Order to deter and prevent future misconduct by Justice Department lawyers by ordering an appropriately tailored continuing legal education program, which will not only serve to educate the uninitiated, but more importantly will remind all trial lawyers that their honest and ethical participation is a necessity for the proper administration of justice. It also compels the Attorney General, or her designee, to take the necessary steps to ensure that DOJ attorneys act honestly in the future.”
Hilariously, Judge Hanen seemed to regret not having the power to disbar the Obama’s DOJ attorneys in this case.
h/t: Washington Examiner