Government lawyers in amnesty case sent back to classs
Judge orders ‘intentionally deceptive’ DOJ lawyers to take remedial ethics classesIt is not clear that the lawyers in the Obama Justice Department are teachable when it comes to ethics. The case they were arguing was one where the President himself had ignored the law and the constitution.
Judge Hanen thought about tossing all of the government’s arguments out, but said since the merits of the case are now pending before the Supreme Court, he couldn’t do that. He also thought about imposing a financial penalty on the government, but said since taxpayers would end up footing that bill, it seemed pointless.
“Therefore, this Court, in an effort to ensure that all Justice Department attorneys who appear in the courts of the Plaintiff States that have been harmed by this misconduct are aware of and comply with their ethical duties, hereby orders that any attorney employed at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. who appears, or seeks to appear, in a court (state or federal) in any of the 26 Plaintiff States annually attend a legal ethics course,” Judge Hanen ordered.