Utah judge suspended without pay for repeatedly criticizing Trump
A Utah judge who criticized President Donald Trump both in the courthouse and online has been suspended for violating the Utah Code of Judicial Conduct, Deseret News reported.
The story: The Utah Supreme Court suspended Judge Michael Kwan for six months with no pay for making "shirty and politically charged" comments and writing "indelicate" criticism about Trump online.
The Judicial Conduct Commission and the Supreme Court have publicly reprimanded Kwan on multiple occasions over different violations. The court said one of the reprimands was for Kwan's "crass in-court reference to sexual conduct and a former president of the United States."
"We note that previous endeavors to help Judge Kwan correct this behavior have not been successful. And we regretfully conclude that a sanction less severe than suspension without pay will suffer the same fate as our prior attempts," wrote Justice John Pearce in the court's opinion.
The court's rules do not allow for a judge to engage in political activities that violate the independence, integrity, or impartiality of the court.
Greg Skordas, Kwan's attorney, said: "It’s the type of thing that, I think, the Supreme Court felt, at the very least, made them uncomfortable, to think a sitting judge would do that and that was really part of the problem here."
"Arguably, he allowed his political thoughts to get the better of him and the Supreme Court has reprimanded him for that and the reprimand was quite severe," Skordas added.
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