Posted by: maboulette | June 2, 2016

LEGAL EXPERTS ARE CONCERNED

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Donald Trump’s extremely personal, racially tinged attacks on a federal judge overseeing a pair of lawsuits against him have set off a wave of alarm among legal experts.  These experts worry that the ­ Republican presidential candidate’s vendetta is a symptom of a remarkable disregard for judicial independence.

That attitude could carry constitutional implications if Trump becomes president.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is handling two class-action lawsuits against Trump University in San Diego, has emerged as a central target for Trump and his supporters in recent weeks. The hatred only escalated after Curiel ordered the release of embarrassing internal documents detailing predatory marketing practices at the for-profit educational venture; that case is set to go to trial after the November election.  This release was announced by the judge before occurring so it is not as if Trump was caught unaware.

“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater. He’s a hater,” Trump said at a campaign rally in San Diego, adding that he believed the Indiana-born judge was “Mexican.”  Let’s just change a few word – what if that statement reads (“I have a Prime Minister who is hater of President Donald Trump, a hater.  He’s a hater – in fact we believe he might be Muslim.)  That puts an interest spin on this situation doesn’t it!

Trump also suggested taking action against the judge after the election: “They ought to look into Judge Curiel, because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace. Okay?  “But we will come back in November. Wouldn’t that be wild if I am president and come back and do a civil case?  Okay. This is called life, folks.”

The courtroom proceedings come with high stakes for Trump, whose likely tough ­general-election fight against Hillary Clinton will leave him open to intense scrutiny:a


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