Utah Supreme Court has suspended a judge, who made some critical comments about the US President Donald Trump in his courtroom, for six months with no pay. The incident happened in 2017 when Michael Kwan, Taylorsville Municipal Justice Court judge, was talking to a person in his courtroom, – reports Independent.co.
The person proposed that they used tax return to pay court fines. The judge Kwan then asked him whether he realized that the new president had taken the office. “You think we are getting any money back?” asked Kwan.
“I hope,” said the person. “I pray and I cross my fingers,” he added. “Prayer might be the answer,” said Kwan, “cause, he [Trump] 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.”
Utah Supreme court said that such comments “violated judicial rules on independence, integrity and impartiality.”
“It is an immutable and universal rule that judges are not as funny as they think they are,” said the court. “Every time a judicial officer engages in misconduct, he or she spends the goodwill of the judiciary as a whole. Here, we readily conclude that Judge Kwan has been spending our goodwill.”
This is not the first case when a judge is accused of making inappropriate comments about politics. John Primomo, a federal magistrate judge in Texas, during his speech at a naturalization ceremony said, “If you don’t like Donald Trump leave the country.”
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