U.S. District Judge James Robart recently put a halt to President Trump’s immigration order. But this isn’t the first time he has made headlines. Last year he caused controversy when he declared “Black Lives Matter” from the bench and allied himself with the controversial movement.
It was the first time a judge publicly declared support for the organization from the bench. He made the comments during a case regarding police practices in Seattle, Washington:
“The city’s police department had been accused of using excessive force that fell disproportionately on non-white residents, and had agreed to make changes in order to avoid a federal lawsuit. But the police union had been holding up implementation of the changes, because they required modifications to their current contracts, and required extensive negotiation to move forward.
“Robart lashed out at the union in an August hearing. “The court and the citizens of Seattle will not be held hostage for increased payments and benefits,” he said. “I’m sure the entire city of Seattle would march behind me.”
“He then explicitly brought up the Black Lives Matter movement, citing incorrect statistics on police shootings that got the percentage of the population that is black wrong, before declaring: ‘Black lives matter.’ His remarks reportedly stunned the courtroom, and some present were audibly shocked at his expression of support for the movement.”
Judges are supposed to be impartial. Declaring support for Black Lives Matter, which some even call a terrorist organization, does little to demonstrate impartiality.