A federal judge in Texas has ordered the Justice Department to send its lawyers to ethics classes, after finding that the DOJ repeatedly misled the court in arguing for President Obama’s executive order on amnesty.
As reported by The New York Times, the judge also ordered other sanctions for those lawyers specifically involved in arguing the case:
In a blistering order, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville accused the Justice Department lawyers of lying to him during arguments in the case, and he barred them from appearing in his courtroom.
He demanded that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provide a “comprehensive plan” within 60 days describing how she will prevent unethical conduct in the future, as well as making sure the Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility effectively prevents misconduct among its lawyers.
He also ordered the government to produce a list of about 100,000 immigrants who entered illegally and who are participating in a government program that protects them from deportation.
Judge Hanen explained his actions in a 28-page ruling:
“The Government’s lawyers failed on all three fronts. The actions of the DHS should have been brought to the attention of the opposing counsel and the Court as early as December 19, 2014. The failure of counsel to do that constituted more than mere inadvertent omissions — it was intentionally deceptive.”
In February 2015, the administration put a hold on Obama’s executive order to grant de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants after Hanen ordered a temporary halt to the program.
The Supreme Court agreed in January to take up the case. CNN reported in April that justices appeared divided along ideological lines during oral arguments.