The federal judge hearing the challenge to Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration threw the book at the Department of Justice yesterday in a rare show of judicial force, the National Law Journal’s Zoe Tillman reported here. In an order that details material misrepresentations made by DoJ attorneys in his court (in layman's terms, they flat-out "lied"), Judge Andrew Hanen demanded a full list of illegal immigrants granted benefits in the lapsed time. Hanen then blocked DOJ attorneys from appearing in any court in the 26 states involved until they take an ethics course, and further demanded that Attorney General Loretta Lynch to report within 60 days about how she plans to correct the failures in the Office of Professional Responsibility. In order to litigate in any of the 26 states bringing the lawsuit — in either federal or state court — any DOJ attorney has to first take an ethics course, in a classroom, taught by someone outside of Justice:
Hanen’s order minced no words. He accuses government attorneys of a pattern of dishonest behavior and “bad faith,” and of deliberately deceiving the plaintiffs in the lawsuit in order to prevent an earlier request for a restraining order.
Lynch and any succeeding AGs will have to file an annual report with Hanen’s court detailing compliance in all 26 states — for the next five years. He also revoked the pro hac vice status of those attorneys who made the material misrepresentations (meaning that they cannot practice law unless admitted to the state bar in that jurisdiction) — and only did that, Hanen wrote, because he lacks the authority to disbar them outright. Hanen did take an opportunity to blame Eric Holder rather than Lynch for the sorry state of the Department of Justice
Of course, none of this should surprise any observer of Washington politicians who have elevated immoral conduct and lying to a fine art. The corruption is appalling. In 2014, John Stossel wrote an article here entitled "Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice".
A group of Washington overlords — federal prosecutors — sometimes break rules and wreck people’s lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America’s next Attorney General. The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.” She reports that the Department of Justice’s narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence.
DOJ's culture of corruption is not unique in Washington D.C.; indeed it's endemic, flowing down from the very top. But as I wrote earlier here, there comes a time when government becomes judgment from God. As I said then ...
As with the ancient nation of Israel, we "did what was right in our own eyes" and in turn, got the government we deserved. Yes, while we obviously need to thoroughly houseclean the leadership in Washington, national repentance must precede it. But unfortunately, just as with the ancient nation of Israel, it may require the destruction of a stubborn nation busily shaking it's collective fist in the face of God, to induce repentance.