Seattle judge was ridiculed by the President of the United States Donald Trump on his Twitter account shortly after blocking his executive order against immigration.
The judge is known for his conservative legal views, for helping disadvantaged children and for having Declared “blacks’ lives matter” during a hearing on a police reform in 2015.
Judge James L. Robart, 69 who was named to the post by President George W. Bush in 2004 after a distinguished 30-year career in private law, during which he was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor reserved for less than 1% of lawyers in the country.
Robart delivered the highest-profile ruling in his judicial career on Friday by temporarily overruling President Trump’s veto of nationals of seven Muslim majority countries – “Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan”.
Supported by Minnesota and large corporations such as “Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia”, had filed a lawsuit to block the presidential decree on the grounds that “it was an unconstitutional measure that would harm its residents”. Robart stated.
The decision did not go well with the Presidents wishes, who on Twitter described Robart as “presumed judge” and called his ruling “ridiculous.” Later, Mr. Trump asserted that the decision assumes that “anyone, even with bad intentions, can enter the United States.”
“These comments are unlikely to sway judge Robart”, say those who know him.
“Jim will smile sarcastically, maybe adjust his bow tie a bit and get back to business,” said Seattle-based former John McKay, who worked with Robart for a decade at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky’s law firm.
“He is a very prudent judge and is conservative in the sense of observing the law and trying to determine what is, not what he wants. He is conservative in his review of the law, but courageous in its application.”
Jenny Durkan from Seattle said of Robart: “We won some (cases) with him and we lost some, but we knew that every time we entered his court room it was better to be prepared.”
This was evident on Friday when Robart caught up with Justice Department attorney, Michelle Bennett, asking him about the number of citizens of the seven nations listed in the executive order arrested in plotting in the United States since 9/11. Bennett said he did not know.
“The answer to that is zero,” Robart said. “You are arguing in favor of someone who says that we have to protect the United States from those people who come from these countries, but there is no basis for it.”
The task is to determine whether the president’s order was “factual or fiction,” he added.
Judge Robart is a graduate of Georgetown Law School, is an expert in patent and intellectual property cases. He is considered a tough judge in criminal case sentences, especially those involving administration-related defendants and oversaw reforms in Seattle police since 2012, when it was agreed to make changes in response to the findings of the Department of Justice.
Justice that their agents were too quick in the use of force, especially in low-profile situations.
Mr. Robart held a hearing on that case in the summer of 2015 – a time of high tension for violence committed by and against police officers across the country – when he surprised the room by adopting the mantra of the protesters: “The lives Of blacks matter. “