Texas Judge Orders DOJ Attorneys to Take Ethics Classes

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This is simply priceless.

The Hill reports:

A federal judge in Texas on Thursday tore into Justice Department lawyers who argued the immigration case involving the Obama administration, ordering them to take ethics classes.

In a blistering court order, U.S. District Court Just Andrew S. Hanen said he was “disappointed” about having to address the subject of lawyer behavior, calling it “at best, a distraction.”

Hanen said any Department of Justice attorney who wants to argue in a state or federal court in any of the 26 states involved in the immigration case must take an annual three-hour ethics course for the next five years.

“Clearly, there seems to be a lack of knowledge about or adherence to the duties of professional responsibility in the halls of the Justice Department,” Hanen wrote in his 28-page order, which quoted the films “Bridge of Spies” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”

The judge ordered Attorney General Loretta Lynch to provide a “comprehensive plan” within 60 days on how to “prevent this unethical conduct from ever occurring again.”

The reprimand Thursday came after the Obama administration granted 100,000 expanded work permits for undocumented immigrants despite Hanen issuing a ruling in February 2015 to temporarily block Obama’s executive action. Hanen said he was misled by lawyers arguing the case as to when the Obama administration would implement the directive.

“The misconduct in this case was intentional, serious and material,” Hanen wrote. “In fact, it is hard to imagine a more serious, more calculated plan of unethical conduct.”

While we’re at it, what the DOJ could really use is a copy of “How to Prosecute a Bank Executive for Dummies.”

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  • tom

    This is an unprecedented and hopeful innovation. Government employees should not only have heard of “ethics”, but actually behave ethically? Astounding! And here I was thinking that government employees were committed to finding the most cynical, unethical, lying, cheating dishonest ways of evading legislation or finding loopholes in it. As we might expect, given that only the most unethical of people can pass the many tests required to become government employees.

    Will this exemplary honest, decent judge be taking a look at the Federal government’s justifications for invading and destroying foregn countries, genocide, indefinite detention without due process, and torture?