Utah judge suspended without pay after criticizing President Trump…

A judge in Utah has been suspended without pay for six months by the Utah Supreme Court over his anti-Trump comments both on social media and in the courtroom:

Kwan, who has served as a justice court judge in Taylorsville for 20 years, was cited for “improper use of judicial authority and his inappropriate political commentary,” the latter often involving President Trump.

The court noted multiple times when Kwan had provided political comments that criticized Trump, as a presidential candidate in 2016 and as president on his Facebook page and in court.

Three days after the 2016 election, Kwan wrote on Facebook, “Think I’ll go to the shelter to adopt a cat before the President-Elect grabs them all” — a reference to the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump was heard bragging about grabbing women’s genitals without consent.

Almost a month after Trump’s inauguration, Kwan said “welcome to the beginning of the fascist takeover” and questioned whether Congressional Republicans would be “the American Reichstag,” this time referring to the political body of Nazi Germany.

The court ruling also noted a moment in court that demonstrated the judge’s political leanings and views of the president.

When a defendant said he was praying to get a large tax return in 2017 to pay off his fines and avoid going to jail, Kwan appeared to tell the man he shouldn’t hold his breath because of President Trump.

“Prayer might be the answer,” the judge said, “’cause he just signed an order to start building the wall and he has no money to do that, and so if you think you are going to get taxes back this year, uh, yeah, maybe, maybe not. But don’t worry, there is a tax cut for the wealthy, so if you make over $500,000 you’re getting a tax cut.”

The inquiry also noted a pattern of behavior by Kwan, including a lewd statement about President Bill Clinton’s sexual history and for his involvement with a politically biased nonprofit.

Kwan argued he had a first amendment right to make these comments.



But the Utah Supreme Court disagreed…

Judge Kwan defended his online commentary by stating that he had a First Amendment right to share his views about elected officials’ political and social stances, calling it “constitutionally protected speech” and describing his statements as “social commentary or humor.”

In response, the ruling written by Utah Supreme Court Justice John Pearce dryly noted, “It is an immutable and universal rule that judges are not as funny as they think they are. If someone laughs at a judge’s joke, there is a decent chance that the laughter was dictated by the courtroom’s power dynamic and not by a genuine belief that the joke was funny.”

“Fulfillment of judicial duties does not come without personal sacrifice of some opportunities and privileges available to the public at large,” Pearce wrote. “And as a person the public entrusts to decide issues with the utmost fairness, independence, and impartiality, a judge must at times set aside the power of his or her voice.”

Dude sounds like a total leftist, which is very unsurprising.

What’s amazing to me is that some of these comments go back almost two years. I wonder which comment finally broke the camel’s back.

If you want to read the full ruling by the Utah Supreme Court you can do so here.

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john dba
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A bad case of TDS

LAPhil
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Suspended? Hell, (as that paragon of American values, Rashida Tlaib would say) they should impeach the mother-f***er!

Homer
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Welcome to the real world, dude. Your place of eemploment is no place for political commentary or off-color jokes.

ShibaMom
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How in the world did he become a judge in the first place? We are living in scary times for sure

@GHalv
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Great — he’s only suspended 6 months… This anti-American fascist will be right back where he started, and nothing – zero, zip, nada – will change.

butterbean
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What I just don’t understand is how some people have such a hatred of Trump? Exactly where did it start? He’s an imperfect man, we all are, men and women. He’s doing great things! Can’t everyone see that?!

AT
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Well, he’s doing things at least.

Homer
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Trump’s not in the political club. Plain and simple.

AT
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LOL, what on this spinning mudball could possibly lead you to THAT conclusion?

He’s been in the political club all his life! Aristos gon’ aristo bro.

RKJames
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Indoctrinated fool. Drinking the Kool-Aide big time. Would like to hear his definition of “fascism”.

AT
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It’s the same as anyone else’s.

“DISAGREEING WITH ME!!!11!1!.”

AT
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“Think I’ll go to the shelter to adopt a cat before the President-Elect grabs them all”

I’ll admit it. I laughed.

“welcome to the beginning of the fascist takeover”

That’s dumb and makes no sense.

“’cause he just signed an order to start building the wall and he has no money to do that, and so if you think you are going to get taxes back this year, uh, yeah, maybe, maybe not. But don’t worry, there is a tax cut for the wealthy, so if you make over $500,000 you’re getting a tax cut.”

Whoa, in the courtroom? Slow your roll there judgy, that ain’t appropriate. To answer your question, Scoop – that’s probably the one that did it.

I mean, in the courtroom? That’s a big no-no. Especially after he was warned by the bar about this multiple times.

Homer
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Hopefully the fascist takeover comment was directed at the dems….he would have been correct if so.

AT
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Sigh.

TXGRunner
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While Kwan absolutely had the right to spout his nonsense, there’s no question he was abusing his judicial authority in offering political commentary from the bench. The internet posts, again within his rights, undermined his credibility as an objective arbiter.

In short, say whatever you want, that doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences because with rights, come responsibilities.

The SC of Utah was right on point.

Erdnay
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One down, ten thousand to go.

AT
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Well, for six months at least.

Squirrelly
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We have one here who was ruling on death penalty cases while he also protested the death penalty. Our state Supreme Court finally removed him from hearing death penalty cases. Leftist activist judges are everywhere. It’s ridiculous.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/04/17/arkansas-supreme-court-removes-arkansas-judge-from-death-penalty-cases-after-protests/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ed652877e3a2

sjmom
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How did this fool get onto the bench in the first place?

Squirrelly
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That’s a good question considering it’s Utah.

Thor77
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Sure is one dumb judge who does not know the barriers between judicial and personal life.

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I think judges are or should be held to a higher standard. And while I wholeheartedly despise this clown’s comments, I’m not sure it warrants this sort of punishment. Unless… of course… he is in fact held to a high standard. Regardless, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

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Let the judge make all the dumb jokes he wants at cocktail parties with his like minded friends. But statements on the bench have direct effects, often profound, on citizens. Justice is supposed to be blind. Follow the law and keep your personal opinions to yourself.

Kenoshamarge
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A Judges right of free speech and his opinion ends at the court room door – unless it is an opinion regarding a law being tried in his/her courtroom.

If this big-mouthed fool doesn’t understand that he is way too stupid to be sitting on the bench and interpreting the law let alone handing out sentences.

nc checks and balances
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AvatarKenoshamarge Amazing that a judge doesn’t know the difference between judicial opinion and personal opinion.

DemocratsRFubar
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Wonder how Utah, a conservative state let this go on for years? Or does this judge have TDS?

kong1967
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Sounds like a leftist with TDS, but he also had bad things to say about Bill Clinton.

What kind of nut-case judge starts rambling about Trump when someone says they’re praying for a large tax return? He didn’t just come back with a one liner like “good luck with Trump in office”. He went on a rant.

TomNewman64
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Sounds like a leftist with TDS

Like a lot of posters that used to hang around this site!

kong1967
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TomNewman64TomNewman64 They couldn’t hang, so they went to a new website designed just for them. All Trump haters. I can’t remember the site though.

Lillie Belle
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kong1967kong1967 Out of their mind insane Trump, Cruz, & Levin haters. They’ve really gone over the cliff.

kong1967
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Lillie BelleLillie Belle Let ’em. They made complete fools of themselves by believing the accusations against Trump with zero proof. We heard for over two years how there was so much proof that Trump colluded with Putin, but maybe they should have shown that proof to Mueller because he couldn’t find any.

butterbean
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Could be a communist infiltrator.

kong1967
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butterbeanbutterbean AKA “Democrat”.

TomNewman64
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Good!!! Now suspend all the Obama-appointed 9th Circuit federal court of appeals judges, Utah Supreme Court. And then just start working your way through all Obama appointees to the federal bench nationwide.

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