US. District Court Judge William Orrick has done it again. Orrick has become a central figure in the Trump ‘resistance,’ having thwarted the president on three separate occasions with overreaching rulings that defy the executive branch. Many argue that Orrick has overstepped his bounds and gone too far. Others are calling for his impeachment.
First, Orrick and his fellow judges in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked President Trump’s lawful travel ban order. Now Orrick is going after Trump’s plan to defund sanctuary cities. On Monday Orrick “permanently blocked” President Trump’s executive order that would have stopped federal funding from flowing into sanctuary cities:
“’The Counties have demonstrated that the Executive Order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights,’ the judge wrote in his order.”
But the DOJ is fighting back:
“‘The District Court exceeded its authority today when it barred the President from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law,’ a Department of Justice spokesman said in a statement. “The Justice Department will vindicate the President’s lawful authority to direct the executive branch.”
“Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.”
A judge does not necessarily need to commit a crime in order to be impeached. Ballotpedia explains:
“The United States Senate has removed judges from office for substantial questionable conduct, even if no crime was committed. For example, Judge Robert Wodrow Archbald was impeached and removed from office for improper business relationships with litigants. One reason for this may be the life tenure bestowed upon federal judges and the Congress’ place in upholding the good behavior of judges.”
The last federal judge to be impeached was in 2010 when Bill Clinton appointee Thomas Porteous of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana was impeached for bribery and perjury.
So is it time for Orrick to go?