The Obama circle of corruption continued to grow, as a Democrat Party hack (see below) appointed to the bench by the President himself just a year ago – and who made political contributions to Obama in 2008 – today blocked the key provisions of South Carolina’s AZ-style immigration law.
With just 10 days to go until the law was scheduled to take effect, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel granted a motion that Obama’s own Justice Department made. It doesn’t get any more incestuous than this.
The ruling applies to portions that require law officers to check the status of anyone they stop for something else and suspect is in the country illegally. Gergel also halted the implementation of sections pertaining to the transportation of illegal immigrants and immigrant registration cards.
One provision was left intact: mandating business use of the Federal E-Verify system to check employees, and tough employer sanctions for failing to do so, or for knowingly hiring illegals. Those same provisions in an Arizona law were also fought by Obama in 2009, but the Supreme Court upheld them last Spring.
The ruling goes against the decision by Alabama U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn in September, to uphold similar provisions in Alabama’s immigration law, and makes more clear than ever why Arizona’s S.B. 1070 must be upheld by the Supreme court when it is heard next summer.
Gergel has denied the state’s request that he suspend all court hearings on the case until the U.S.Supreme Court rules on a challenge to Arizona’s similar law. South Carolina prosecutors have said the nation’s high court will likely rule in six months or less. Governor Haley, through a spokesperson, said she will not give up the fight:
“If the feds were doing their job, we wouldn’t have had to address illegal immigration reform at the state level. But, until they do, we’re going to keep fighting in South Carolina to be able to enforce our laws….[I am] hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon do what Congress and the executive branch have failed to do, which is allow the states to pick up the slack where Washington has failed.”
Judge Richard Mark Gergel – Ambulance Chaser and Democrat Big Wig
Judge Gergel had never before served as a judge at any level before Obama picked him in 2010. What was he before? An ambulance chaser. Oh, sorry, that was politically incorrect of me – a “personal injury attorney“. In fact he was named a “South Carolina Super Lawyer” several years’ running. Those are the types that bring in the big cash settlements – as John Edwards did across the state line in N.C. for years – bankrupting OBGYNs with phony science.
And like Edwards, Gergel wasn’t shy in throwing his money around: in just 8 years, Gergel gave a staggering $62,450 to Democrat politicans – including Barack Obama. And it paid off, handsomely with a LIFETIME APPOINTMENT to the U.S. District Court.
But given that Justice Elaine Kagan has already recused herself from the upcoming Supreme Court hearing of S.B. 1070 – because of the Obama Administration’s challenge to it, shouldn’t Judge Gergel recuse himself from this case, given that he is ruling on a lawsuit brought by the man who just recently appointed him, and to whom he had made political contributions?
This is what passes for judicial objectivity in America? Nope…just par for the course in Barack Obama’s corruptocracy.
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