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Hawaii liberal judge wrong?

July 14, 2017

As noted in Musings before, the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Trump’s temporary travel ban was incomplete, one might even say sloppy, as it failed to define what degrees of separation would be considered “close relatives.”

Not to be outdone in terms of sloppiness, the Trump administration put out its list, and now the same liberal activist judge that struck down the ban in the first place is back at again, adding grandparents and others to the list.

When will we tire of sloppy legal opinions and sloppier legislation?  If this is our tax dollars at work, we should demand our money back.

Normally, “close relative” is defined as people of the “first degree of separation” for legal purposes.

The categories are as follows:

”First, Second and Third Degree Relatives

A first-degree relative is defined as a close blood relative which includes the individual’s parents, full siblings, or children.

A second-degree relative is defined as a blood relative which includes the individual’s grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces or half-siblings.

A third-degree relative is defined as a blood relative which includes the individual’s first-cousins, great-grandparents or great grandchildren.

This document has been classified as public information.”

Source: https://www.bcbst.com/mpmanual/First_and_Second_Degree_Relative.htm

Note that “fiancée” is not on any of the lists.

Both SCOTUS and the Trump administration should have defined “close relative” in legal terms, but of course that would have been too easy.  Instead, that was left to the political, rather than the legal realm.

We, the people deserve better.

From → op-ed

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