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    Conservative judge slams 'personal attacks' on judiciary

    Conservative judge slams ‘personal attacks’ on judiciary
    Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press Updated 8:11 pm, Thursday, March 16, 2017

     
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A conservative federal appellate court judge who was a key author of the so-called torture memos under the Bush administration criticized personal attacks on the judiciary even while defending President Donald Trump’s authority to ban travelers from mostly Muslim nations.

    Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jay Bybee did not mention President Donald Trump by name. But the judge said in a court filing Wednesday that “personal attacks” on the district court judge and 9th Circuit judges who blocked the administration’s first travel ban were “out of all bounds of civic and persuasive discourse.”

    “Such personal attacks treat the court as though it were merely a political forum in which bargaining, compromise, and even intimidation are acceptable principles,” he wrote. “The courts of law must be more than that, or we are not governed by law at all.”

     

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