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U.S. Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, TX; biased loser  

The state of Texas presented Andrew S. Hanen with a law license in 1978 after he graduated from Baylor University Law School.


In January 2002, former President George W. Bush was duped into nominating Andy as a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Texas. Andy didn’t receive the nomination because he was the most qualified attorney in the greater Houston area. He received it because he had proven to be a reliable lackey for the local political hacks.


Shortly after Obama announced he was going to implement an executive order that would have limited the deportation of several million undocumented immigrants, an assortment of republican Governors and their bigoted allies, filed a lawsuit against Obama wherein they laughingly claimed his order was unconstitutional. They let it be known that they would seek injunctive relief to prevent the implementation of the order.


The problem these sore losers had was to be successful they needed to file for the requested injunction with a friendly court. Towards that end, they did a little “judge shopping” and hand picked the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas, which has only one (a) active judge. That judge happened to be the ultraconservative Andrew Hanen.


As expected by Judge Hanen’s right-wing handlers, he issued a temporary injunction halting Obama’s immigration order on the evening of February 16, 2015, which was of course a Federal Holiday.

Hopefully, Judge Hanen’s handlers reimbursed him for the cost he incurred to purchase a pair of Industrial Strength Knee Pads as he we nt about genuflecting in their presence while providing them with his biased injunctive order.


Hanen’s bias against Obama is evidenced by comments he made in January 2015 wherein he invoked a biblical flood in describing illegal immigration.” He previously spoke aggressively in opposition to Obama’s immigration policy by saying it “endangers America” and is “an open invitation to the most dangerous criminals in society.” (NY Times editorial board, 12/18/15)


If Judge Hanen was truly a dispassionate and unbiased judge, he would have immediately recused himself (withdrew) from handling this case based on his aforementioned comments. The Code of Judicial Conduct required him to withdraw if there was “an appearance of bias.”


Unfortunately, Hanen wasn’t about to recuse himself because to do so would have been a total affront to his handlers that provided him with his judgeship in 2002.



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