WATCH: Seattle Judge James Robart Says ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Court

The federal judge who temporarily stopped Donald Trump’s immigration ban executive order once caused controversy by emotionally saying “black lives matter” in a hearing in which he sided against Seattle’s police union.

James Robart, who was nominated to the federal bench by George W. Bush in 2004, issued the temporary restraining order on February 3, forbidding federal employees from implementing Trump’s seven-country immigration ban.

In the ruling, which you can read in full here, Robart said the plaintiffs – the States of Washington and Minnesota – were likely to succeed on the merits of their claims and would suffer irreparable harm if the immigration ban wasn’t stopped immediately. Robart will rule on whether to grant a permanent ban later; the White House has declared the ruling “outrageous” and vowed to immediately appeal.

It’s not the first time the judge was in the news.

According to the Seattle Times, Robart declared “black lives matter” in a court hearing last August in which he decided against a Seattle police union. You can watch the video above. The judge shook his head and sighed emotionally as he made the comment. He also accused the Seattle police union of trying to hold the community “hostage” by tying compensation to police services guaranteed to people by the U.S. Constitution.

The Seattle newspaper reported that Robart was presiding over “a 2012 consent decree requiring the city to adopt reforms to address Department of Justice allegations of excessive force and biased policing.” He “called for major changes that would directly affect the union’s membership: streamlined appeals of officer discipline and internal investigations conducted by civilians rather than sworn officers,” the newspaper reported.

At the end of the hearing, according to the Seattle Times, Judge Robart then became “deeply personal,” noting “a statistic that showed, nationally, 41 percent of the shootings by police were of blacks, when they represented 20 percent of the population” and referencing high-profile police shootings.

Blue Lives Matter, a pro police blog, was one of the sites criticizing Robart at the time. The site wrote, “He proposed changes will have a major effect on all union members, including discipline being investigated and determined by non-law enforcement investigators. The changes make it faster and easier to discipline an officer if the public believes that the officer was wrong, whether or not that was actually the case.”

According to his judicial bio, Robart was a lawyer from 1973 through 1996 with Lane Powell Moss & Miller before being named to the federal bench by Bush (and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate). He was co-managing partner from 1997-2002 at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, and managing partner there from 2003-2004.

The judge has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (1973), where he was Administrative Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He has a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College.

In another police-related case, according to Above the Law, Robart doubled the city payout to people whose dog was tasered by the police, accusing the city lawyers of “terrible writing” and denying the city lawyer’s claim the dog’s owners were “persecuted.” He wrote, “The treatment of the Jews by the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt, that was a persecution. What Nazi Germany did in the Third Reich, that is a persecution.” He also brought up “the expulsion of the Acadian people from Nova Scotia by the British; the treatment of the Aboriginal people in Australia; ethnic cleansing,” the site reported.

Learn more about Judge Robart here and read his full order on the Trump immigration executive order:

The Trumps headed for Mar-a-Lago on February 3 as the judge’s decision came out. Learn more about their Florida vacation here:

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49 Comments

Mary

Oh yea, sweet music to my ears. God is good and evil will never prevail. His first of many losses.

Jared Nelson

Ah, much comes clear now! A classic activist judge who throws law out the window and MAKES UP whatever judicial outcome salves his political conscience at the moment!

So I guess it’s not a shock that anyone who can’t see the logical flaw in “blacks are 41% of police shootings but only 20% of the population” is equally unable to figure out who the hell the Constitution actually applies to!

Jon Sobieski

He forgot to mention that whites are 27 times more likely to be assaulted/robbed/murdered by a black person than any other race. Such facts do get in the way don’t they?

Mary

You must be white. Ofcourse, but see the beauty of it, people like the Judge see past all of you racist assholes.

Anonymous

You must be a black supremacist asshole, then, regardless of your actual color. YOU are a real racist! And if you’re white, you are also a self-hating asshole, brainwashed by communists. Idiots like this judge see past the law they were sworn to uphold and past THE PEOPLE they were sworn to serve. It does not matter, what color the criminal’s skin or social status are – a criminal is a criminal. This judge is an incompetent moron, a liberal activists’ puppet, a terrorist collaborator, and a traitor to our nation. This malignant piece of garbage needs to be removed from the bench, disbarred immediately, and charged with treason, or better yet deported to Syria, preferably to ISIS-held territory, where he can experience first hand the compassion and mercy of Islamic fundamentalists. I would see the beauty of it, then. You, my dear, should volunteer to accompany him.

Robert Ritchie

Why are you saying this Judge is an Idiot? I’m appalled that some people still today believe the way they do. I believe this Judge was putting it out in the open that this kind of TRAVESTY would not go on wherever he was a Judge! Do you believe that the police
( Who are sworn in to uphold the law, Protect and Serve the people ( no matter what the color of their skin may be), have open season on The Black Community? That they can murder whoever the choose to murder and not be held accountable? Not to be prosecuted? They have the same rights that we all are supposed to have, yet some people who are Officers of the Courts do not have different rules they can live by! If you have forgotten history, remember these men and women fought for our country and many of them parished along with others who served our nation! Talk about being messed up.

Handsome Jack

Robert – Except that ‘cops have open season on black community’ is complete BS. It’s FEAR-MONGERING on your part!

TroyGale

Enjoy Mary, people like you and this Judge have killed almost 200 million people in the past century.
You are both evil, because you evidently don’t know right from wrong.

Everywhitemale

Self loathing white person… drinking the koolaide. Too bad you weren’t an abortion statistic…

Susanna Donovan

You ccan always tell a leftist…they wish anyone who disagrees with them, that they were an abortion statistic…so much for choice eh libtards?

hardh8

Typical loopy loony lying libRETARD. Name calling isn’t going to work in America anymore. We’ll stand up to you DUMBOcrats every where, every time.

Susanna Donovan

Why are the majority of shootings in Chicago in black neighborhoods where black on black crime is committed daily? Must be because Black Lives Matter…right?

hidroseederdanb

He also forgot to mention that 3 percent of population commits over 50 percent of violent crimes and that is black males between ages of 15 to 34 so why on earth would these racist cops think that when they see a group of black men that they are probably up to no good

Nobody

Although it is not a Muslim ban ,as it is claimed ,but ! ( California bill 540 ) 2001. concerning tuition cost a non-resident non-citizen does not have to pay these costs this is to get around immigration laws section 212 (4) public charge !
A non-citizen green card holder illegal alien does not have the protection of the Constitution .
This federal judges clearly in violation of 18 us code to 2331
( California, bill A 540 ) tuition cost is design to illegally go around 18 us code 2339 B providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations .
For the state of Washington to issue Aid to a country ,individual that has been deemed to support terrorist activities .
The State itself is in violation of terrorist laws !
Tuition cost !
scholarship !
Is clearly Aid ,to those coming from countries that support terrorist organizations.
The state is in violation !
Of terrorist laws ! But the state has requested the federal government to ignore these laws !
In giving special treatment to a religious organization/ group, (Muslim ! )
Resolution 569 ! Also gives special treatment to a religious group. ( Muslim ! )

Note : Washington State carries its own Provisions for tuition cost, these provisions are design to go around ( public charge ! )
Also providing a legal loophole to aid terrorist organizations deemed by the United States of America.
The Attorney General has the authority to override a federal judge’s decision. Concerning terrorist activities.

Craig

Yes Robart used bleeding heart left wing statistics,
Judge Robart went on to say that 41 percent of the shootings by police were of blacks, when they represented 20 percent of the population. Judge Robart then declared that “Black Lives Matter.”
As if cops shoot blacks intentionally?, when in reality a study done in his own State… Washington State showed that cops are more likely to shoot a white person than a black.
The results come from a laboratory project at Washington State University using highly realistic police simulators
1. Officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects.
2. 1978 report: The report found that 60 percent of black suspects shot by the police carried handguns, compared with 35 percent of white suspects. In 2001, a statistical study showed that black people comprised 12 percent of the population but committed 43 percent of the killings of officers.
3. 1977 analysis of reports from major metropolitan departments which found officers fired more shots at white suspects than at black suspects, possibly because of “public sentiment concerning treatment of blacks.”
4. University of Missouri-St. Louis interviewed more than 100 officers and found “evidence of increased wariness about using deadly force against black suspects for fear of how it would be perceived and the associated consequences.”
5. “officers took significantly longer to shoot armed black suspects than armed white suspects,” an average of 0.23 seconds slower.
This whole study confirms why black make up 60% of jail populations but blacks make up 14% of the total population
This Judge does not appear to study and confirm his facts before making his rulings and should be under scrutiny for every ruling he has ever made.

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