An Out-of-Control Lower Court Judge

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Sitting federal judge to Trump: I can compare you to the KKK but you can’t criticize me

Carlton Reeves

You cannot criticize me ever, but I can criticize you. Even though you’re up for reelection, you have no power, but I am the final say on all matters, even though I am unelected. I can disobey higher courts but you can’t push back even against a lower court. If you don’t like it, then you are a member of the KKK.

Who am I?

Well, a federal judge, of course.

Last week, a radical federal judge went on a tirade against President Trump, ironically, criticizing him for criticizing outlandish rulings by federal judges. Carlton Reeves, an Obama-appointed judge in Mississippi, delivered an unprecedented personal attack on the president. Typically they wait until retirement for such tirades, but Reeves, who has been prone to such tirades in his written opinions, let loose on what he called “the great assault on our judiciary.”

His speech delivered last Thursday night at the University of Virginia School of Law, upon receipt of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law, was titled “Defending the Judiciary: A Call for Justice, Truth, and Diversity on the Bench,” according to a copy obtained by Buzzfeed.

“When politicians attack courts as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach,’ you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South. When leaders chastise people for merely ‘us[ing] the courts,’ you can hear the Citizens Council, hammering up the names of black petitioners in Yazoo City, [Mississippi],” thundered Reeves.

Evidently, he believes that a president who will stand for reelection cannot criticize the decisions of the unelected branch, but he, who will never face voters, can say what he wants. In a further twisted stroke of irony about not criticizing judges, Reeves blasted Trump’s judicial picks for being white and not sufficiently and emphatically declaring their support for judicial precedents he agrees with.

The irony would be laughable if not for the fact that this dangerous individual still sits on a federal court. This is a man who is regularly reversed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for violating Supreme Court precedent, yet somehow, he is concerned about precedent. Reeves was recently overturned by the Fifth Circuit after he said that Mississippi could not protect business owners from being forced to violate their conscience in serving gay weddings or transgender events. The Supreme Court sided with the Fifth Circuit.

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