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A Utah judge who openly disparaged President Donald Trump in the courtroom and on social media is now facing the consequences of his actions.

The Supreme Court of Utah has upheld a six-month suspension without pay for Taylorsville Justice Court Judge Michael Kwan.

In a ruling last week, Utah’s Supreme Court determined Kwan undermined public confidence in the judiciary for “improper use of judicial authority and his inappropriate political commentary.” Kwan criticized Trump, both on social media and in his courtroom, before and after the 2016 election.

Three days after the 2016 election, Kwan wrote on Facebook, “Think I’ll go to the shelter to adopt a cat before the President-Elect grabs them all” — a reference to the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump was heard bragging about grabbing women’s genitals without consent.

Almost a month after Trump’s inauguration, Kwan said “welcome to the beginning of the fascist takeover” and questioned whether Congressional Republicans would be “the American Reichstag,” this time referring to the political body of Nazi Germany.
Kwan also disparaged Trump in 2017 when a defendant voiced hope that Trump would follow through on his promise to implement tax reform.

Kwan defended his actions before the Utah Supreme Court, characterizing his comments as “constitutionally protected speech.” However, the court vehemently disagreed.

“Fulfillment of judicial duties does not come without personal sacrifice of some opportunities and privileges available to the public at large,” the court wrote. “And as a person the public entrusts to decide issues with the utmost fairness, independence, and impartiality, a judge must at times set aside the power of his or her voice.”

Ultimately, the court dismissed each of Kwan’s defenses and upheld the stiff reprimand because the judge “has been the subject of prior discipline and the recipient of prior guidance.”

“Judge Kwan’s behavior denigrates his reputation as an impartial, independent, dignified, and courteous jurist who takes no advantage of the office in which he serves,” the court said. “And it diminishes the reputation of our entire judiciary.”

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Joel A Tompkins

    May 27, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Unfortunately This is the result all across this country . These people have taken what they do and turned it into a weapon . It is one reason this country is in the political state it is now .

  2. Sun`

    May 27, 2019 at 12:51 am

    What if he remains unrepentant?

    • Adam Selene

      May 28, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      Start a recall petition and a lawsuit for malfeasance in office.

  3. cora fernandez

    May 27, 2019 at 12:53 am

    I lost my trust to the judiciary system when they allow Kwan to criticize the President. Now I believe the Justice is doing the right thing to punished Judge Kwan.

    • Mari Brenner

      May 27, 2019 at 12:58 am

      Agreed!! Totally rude and disrespectful!!

    • Mary

      May 27, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Judge got his comeuppance here on earth and will also have to face the real Judge when he meets his final demise! Evil people always have to pay the price for their actions.

  4. Mari Brenner

    May 27, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Sneaky and almost laughing traitor will get just desserts!! Horrific!!

  5. Redeemed Democrat

    May 27, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Liberalism is anti human, period. Such vile hearts

  6. E G MUSK

    May 27, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Why the hey only 6 months?

  7. Michael

    May 27, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Good! Should remove him permanently. He’s proven he’s biased, so does anyone think that won’t effect his decisions and rulings?

  8. Tanya Wolf

    May 27, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Why isn’t he removed? He has done this even before now! Kick him off!

  9. Dicksen

    May 27, 2019 at 5:43 am

    This woman judge need a harder discipline not just 6 months, sorry is he a she or she a he…..

    • Art LaPella

      May 27, 2019 at 10:20 pm

      He’s a he. Without commenting on his politics, I found no evidence that Judge Michael Kwan is female, transgender, or gay.

  10. mike dar

    May 27, 2019 at 6:15 am

    It seems that where these TYPE of people are concerned, they inevitably fall back into behavior that got them in trouble the first time… about 1/2 or larger percentages of these TYPES of people anyway.
    I’ve little doubt he is expressing those ‘mistakes’ privately even today, so I guess we have to wait for a ‘Public Mistake’? Then what… back to chasing Ambulances as a lawyer?

    • Patricia Colquitt

      May 27, 2019 at 8:44 am

      If his heart dosen’t change, neither will his thinking. He needs to be removed before he destroys a lot of lifes in the courtroom.

  11. BWH

    May 27, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Maybe this action at the state level will inspire some at the federal level to take action on some of the Obama appointed activist judges. There seems to be a whole host of them in the 9th Circuit needing scrutiny.

  12. freehiker

    May 27, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Unless, he identifies himself as a judge on social media, then he is right about that part being a free speech issue. However, his courtroom antics are not, nor is the Facebook, if he IDs as a judge on his page.

  13. Danny Lanning

    May 27, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Why does this idiot anti-American low life remain as a representative of our country. His statements with the power he was loaned by the people is encouraging a take over of our government bordering on treason and Gitmo for this enemy of state is justified.

  14. Bj

    May 27, 2019 at 8:09 am

    The courtroom is no place for bias or
    Personal feelings Obviously this overweight little twit should have never been a judge in the first place. He should follow the letter of the law and keep his personal feelings to himself. He thinks he’s above the law by circumventing the law to appease his little hurt, fat feelings. He should be removed permanently as he’s deranged and won’t be any different in 6 months

  15. Michigander

    May 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    How about removing him from office.

  16. LST

    May 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    If it had been about Obummer instead, he’d be disbarred, not just suspended.

  17. H

    May 28, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Thank you Utah Supreme Court. Just as military members cannot express their dissatisfaction with POTUS so it should be with the judiciary.

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