Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a fraud case against Trump University, has been accused by Donald Trump of being biased against him the case for various reasons. This latest one could present a serious problem for Curiel’s impartiality. Curiel is affiliated with the Hispanic National Bar Association that sent out the following press release about Donald Trump last summer:
The Hispanic National Bar Association represents the interests of nearly 54 million Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, which is approximately 17% of the U.S. population. By his recent derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants, Donald Trump’s disrespect of such a large segment of the population of America is not only unbelievable, but outright wrong. His comment that Mexico only sends rapists and criminals to the United States reveals a racist nature that cannot and will not go unnoticed by the Hispanic National Bar Association nor the Latino community.
That is not where the real trouble is. This is:
The HNBA calls for a boycott of all of Trump business ventures, including golf courses, hotels, and restaurants. We salute NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy’s for ending their association with Trump, and we join them in standing up against bigotry and racist rhetoric. Other businesses and corporations should follow the lead of NBC/Universal, Univision and Macy’s and take similar actions against Donald Trump’s business interests.
This is a serious problem — one the judge will certainly have to address. This is not an organization just making a statement. They are making a call to action. At that point, it creates a whole new set of problems especially as it relates to the judge’s ability to be impartial.
People are political by nature. It happens. Judges, too. Nobody with a straight face would say the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was not political. The same for Stephen Breyer. But there comes a time when political interests collide with matters before before a judge and at that point, the game changes.
It is hard to see how a federal judge who is affiliated with a group calling for an active boycott against Donald Trump owned businesses can be impartial. Can you?
Send this around to others. This is something people should know about. If the judge in the case cannot be impartial then he should recuse himself.