Left-wing activist judges have been playing fast and loose with the law since President Trump was elected, and, up to now, they’ve been getting away with it. Finally, there are signs of a long-awaited backlash; Utah’s supreme court confirmed the suspension of a judge who used his position as a platform to insult the president.
Judges exist to uphold the law, and the law is supposed to be above politics. The American people need to have confidence that legislation is being enforced fairly — political biases of judges CANNOT come first as they have been lately. Now, the Supreme Court of Utah has decided that Judge Michael Kwan’s behavior fell a long way short of that ideal. Here’s why:
- Judge Kwan has been in trouble over his political activity before — he’s been publicly reprimanded for running a nonprofit that attacked candidates running for public office.
- Kwan is active on social media, and some of what he’s been saying is highly political. It’s not just political in the “I’m a Democrat and the president isn’t” way either — he’s made comments that are way off the reservation.
- In one comment on the current administration, Kwan said “Welcome to the beginning of the fascist takeover. We need to be diligent in questioning congressional Republicans if they are going to be the American Reichstag and refuse to stand up for the Constitution, refuse to uphold their oath of office, and enable the tyrants to consolidate their power.”
- In another case, when a defendant said he planned to pay off his court fees with his tax rebate, Kwan dismissed this option. His reason? “Trump will only give tax breaks to the wealthy.”
- There is an argument to be made that what a judge says on Twitter in their spare time is protected by the First Amendment. But shouldn’t judges be held to a higher ethical standard than your average citizen? In either case, there’s no excuse for not only expressing political views in court but openly using them to make decisions on how a fine can be paid.
- Everyone who was sitting in that courtroom now knows that, at least sometimes, justice is delivered not according to the law, but according to what the judge thinks of the president. How are they supposed to have confidence in the legal system now?
- Utah’s Judicial Conduct Commission brought formal charges against Kwan after the tax rebate incident and awarded him a six-month suspension without pay. Kwan appealed the decision, but the state’s highest court has now upheld it — Supreme Court Justice John Pearce left no doubt in his opinion that Kwan is seen as a renegade, activist judge. Hopefully, his suspension will be a warning to other leftist judges that they’re there to do a job, and it’s not pushing their political agendas on the rest of us.