Federal Judge Finds Justice Department Lawyers Knowingly Lied And Orders Team To Take Ethics Classes

US-DeptOfJustice-Seal_svgJudge_Andrew_S._HanenUnited States District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a remarkable opinion yesterday that found that Justice Department lawyers not only lied to him and opposing counsel but “it is hard to imagine a more serious, more calculated plan of unethical conduct.” What is even more remarkable however is that, after finding such calculated and unethical conduct, Hanen ordered the lawyers to simply take ethics classes rather than refer them to the bar for suspension or disbarment. Many attorneys object that government lawyers routinely escape serious punishment for false or misleading statements. In this case, the judge found that the Justice Department misled him and opposing counsel in a case by Texas and 25 other states that sought to block President Barack Obama’s controversial immigration programs. Hansen blocked the program. Notably, the Justice Department is even opposing ethical classes as a sanction.

The government misled the court on when the government would begin implementing one of the programs. The Justice Department team assured the court the government would not start implementing an expansion of a program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals until February 18, 2015. The court and opposing counsel relied on that date even though the government implemented a part of the program before February and granted over 100,000 applications. Hansen found that the “Justice Department lawyers knew the true facts and misrepresented those facts.”

Apparently, lawyers, somewhere in the halls of the Justice Department whose identities are unknown to this Court, decided unilaterally that the conduct of the DHS in granting three-year DACA renewals . . . was immaterial and irrelevant to this lawsuit and that the DOJ could therefore just ignore it. Then, for whatever reason, the Justice Department trial lawyers appearing in this Court chose not to tell the truth about this DHS activity. The first decision was certainly unsupportable, but the subsequent decision to hide it from the Court was unethical.

Miracle_on_34th_StreetIn an effort to convey how unethical the Justice Department acted in the case, Hanen even excerpted a portion of the film “Miracle on 34th Street” when a young Tommy Mara Jr. says “Gosh, everybody knows you shouldn’t tell a lie, especially in court.” Judge Hanen noted “There are certain attorneys in the Justice Department who apparently have not received that message.”

Here is the opinion: Immigration Decision.

75 thoughts on “Federal Judge Finds Justice Department Lawyers Knowingly Lied And Orders Team To Take Ethics Classes”

  1. The Castaways. Liar, Liar.

    Liar, liar, pants on fire
    Your nose is longer than a telephone wire

    Ask me, baby, why I’m sad
    You’ve been out all night, know you’ve been bad
    Don’t tell me different, know it’s a lie
    Come kill me, honey, see how I cry

    Why must you hurt me, do what you do
    Listen here, girl, can’t you see I love you
    Make a little effort, try to be true
    I’ll be happy, not so blue

    Liar, liar, pants on fire
    Your nose is longer than a telephone wire

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    If you keep on tellin’ me those lies
    Still goin’ out with other guys
    There’ll come a day I’ll be gone
    Take my advice, won’t be long

    When that day comes, won’t be mad
    Be free of you, but I’ll still be sad
    In spite of your cheatin’, still love you so
    I’ll be unhappy if I let you go

    Liar, liar, pants on fire
    Your nose is longer than a telephone wire

  2. Making them take courses in ethics is a bit small when their lies were supposed to be so tall.
    Call a hearing with all the liars present.
    “What time is it?”, asked the Judge.
    “Five to ten.” said the Justice lawyer.
    “That is exactly what you get!”, replied the Judge.

  3. Fleming- If the constitution is dead, then it was Bush/Cheney that killed it.


    Spinneli, The MSM is largely quiet about this order because they realize it’s handed down by a crackpot. As the only federal judge in Brownsville, TX, he has a reputation for openly displaying animosity towards immigrants. His original orders, to turn over the personal information of immigrants participating in federal programs, are unethical themselves.

    I realize, however, that Judge Jackhole’s orders will resonate well with this blog community.

    The order requiring ethics training will be overturned on appeal. Mark it.

  4. The judge is a moron who cannot properly frame a question. He needs lessons in asking well formulated questions.

    Turley is chided for failing to read what DoJ had to say and foolishly simply believing the incompetent judge.

  5. But rosies….they didn’t risk their “case, careers, or license”… By lying….(whether or not the facts were at his finget tips) … he asked…they misled. And all they got for punishment was 3 hours of cle!!!

  6. The conduct of these attorneys is appalling. The remedy, taking an ethics course, is going to be worse. They’ll be “assigned” to take an ethics course in some resort city, time off for travel, etc. It’ll be a mini-vacation.

    1. wonderer – they should be required to take their ethics course online for an accredited ABA law school. One that requires them to sign in with a thumbprint for each session and videos each participant.

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