Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Judge narrows injunction on Trump travel ban

Politico reports:
A federal judge in Hawaii has reined in an injunction he issued three months ago blocking key parts of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban executive order.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson scaled back the injunction Monday, nullifying its impact on studies and policy reviews ordered under the directive Trump issued in March and billed as an anti-terrorism initiative.

In a ruling last week, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the bulk of Watson's injunction, but said portions of it that blocked the Trump administration from studying vetting procedures were too broad and should be lifted.

The appeals court formally returned control of the case to Watson on Monday. Within an hour, he revised the injunction to exempt "internal review procedures that do not burden individuals outside of the executive branch of the federal government." (Watson declined to narrow the injunction before the case went up on appeal.)
It makes you wonder on whether Judge Watson is confident in his overall position.