OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SLAPDOWN! IN IMMIGRATION CASE: Federal trial judge Andrew Hanen on Tuesday issued an order directing the defendants–including Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson–to appear personally before him on August 19 to explain why they should not be held in contempt. The basis for possible contempt is DOJ’s willful violation of Hanen’s injunction against further enforcement of President Obama’s unilateral executive actions on immigration:
The Court was first apprised by the Government of the violations of its injunction on May 7, 2015. It admitted that it violated this Court’s injunction on at least 2,000 occasions—violations which have not yet been fixed. This Court has expressed its willingness to believe that these actions were accidental and not done purposefully to violate this Court’s order. Nevertheless, it is shocked and surprised at the cavalier attitude the Government has taken with regard to its “efforts” to rectify this situation.The Government promised this Court on May 7, 2015, that “immediate steps” were being taken to remedy the violations of the injunction. Yet, as of June 23, 2015—some six weeks after making that representation—the situation had not been rectified. With that in mind, the Court hereby sets a hearing for August 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Each individual Defendant must attend and be prepared to show why he or she should not be held in contempt of Court.
Righteous. Ah, the rule of law–I remember it well!