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Tue Sep 10, 2019, 08:45 AM

Judge Promoted by Trump Administration Threatened a 2-Year-Old With an Attack Dog

“Want me to go get the dog?” the judge yelled at a Guatemalan boy. “Do you want him to bite you?”

On March 30, 2016, in an immigration courtroom in Charlotte, North Carolina, a 2-year-old boy was doing what you might expect: He was making some noise. But Judge V. Stuart Couch—a former Marine known to have a temper—was growing frustrated. He pointed his finger at the Guatemalan child and demanded that he be quiet.

When the boy failed to obey his command, the threats began. “I have a very big dog in my office, and if you don’t be quiet, he will come out and bite you!” Couch yelled.

Couch continued, as a Spanish-language interpreter translated for the child, “Want me to go get the dog? If you don’t stop talking, I will bring the dog out. Do you want him to bite you?” Couch continued to yell at the boy throughout the hearing when he moved or made noise.

Kathryn Coiner-Collier, the only independent observer in the courtroom that day, says her mouth was on the floor as Couch made his threats. She sometimes saw Department of Homeland Security dogs sweeping the court building, and it was completely plausible to her that dogs could have been there that day. Coiner-Collier, then a coordinator for a project run by the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy to assist immigrants who couldn’t afford attorneys, says she “ferociously scribbled everything” Couch was saying. Soon after, she wrote an affidavit containing the dialogue above, and Kenneth Schorr, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s executive director, submitted a complaint to the Justice Department in April 2016.

“I was outraged,” Schorr says about learning of the threats. “I’ve been practicing law for over 40 years and I have never experienced judicial conduct this bad.” Coiner-Collier says Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Deepali Nadkarni, Couch’s superior, interviewed her multiples times about the affidavit and told her that it was accurate. Schorr says Nadkarni told him that everything in the affidavit was corroborated by the internal investigation. Nadkarni wrote to Schorr in June 2016, “Judge Couch acknowledged he did not handle the situation properly and assured me it will not occur again.”

Schorr doesn’t think that Couch should have been able to remain on the bench after his threat to call in a dog on a child. In an unexpected way, he got his wish: In August, the Trump administration promoted Couch and five other judges to the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals, which often has the final say over whether immigrants are deported. All six judges reject asylum requests at a far higher rate than the national average; Couch granted just 7.9 percent of asylum claims between 2013 and 2018, compared to the national average of about 45 percent. (Before becoming an immigration judge, Couch served as a military prosecutor and attracted widespread attention for refusing to prosecute a Guantanamo detainee because he had been tortured.)

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/09/judge-promoted-by-trump-administration-threatened-a-2-year-old-with-an-attack-dog/

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demmiblue Sep 2019 OP
superpatriotman Sep 2019 #1
real Cannabis calm Sep 2019 #2
Wounded Bear Sep 2019 #3
lpbk2713 Sep 2019 #8
pandr32 Sep 2019 #4
calimary Sep 2019 #5
Karadeniz Sep 2019 #6
world wide wally Sep 2019 #7
Ilsa Sep 2019 #9

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 08:51 AM

1. More unqualified toadies

Who hate and suck

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 10:43 AM

2. K&R sick repuke crap!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 10:44 AM

3. Because making children cry is such a sign of manliness...

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 12:02 PM

8. Not to mention his education and experience in the law.




And there is no need to even approach the topic of maturity.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 10:58 AM

4. Absolutely disgusting!

This guy needs to go ASAP. This behavior should be enough to pull him, but it seems cruelty to immigrant children is a requisite.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 11:01 AM

5. So how do we weed out these schmucks when we get full power back?

We need to be thinking ahead. Looking at(and looking FOR) whatever mechanisms might be available to weed out some of these trump appointees.

What recourse do we have - if any? What could we do?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 11:30 AM

6. A judge can be impeached for bad conduct. It's happened.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 11:47 AM

7. Only the best

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Sep 10, 2019, 12:05 PM

9. The threat the judge made was probably listed as a qualification for MF45. nt

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