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Who is Judge Derrick K Watson of US District Court Hawaii? Trump Muslim ban blocked

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Washington: There is a major difference between judiciary and civil society in the US and third world countries. While judiciary and civil society organizations can see eye to eye when it comes to the President and other centers of power in the US, in third world countries, this is simply unimaginable. It is notwithstanding the fact that their constitutions too give as much right to common citizens as in the US.

President Donald Trump, who hadn’t really thought about the sort of legal challenges that he is facing in the eye of his extreme executive orders, must be feeling his prowess curtailed. His revised travel ban has been temporarily put on hold by Derrick Kahala Watson, who is a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. (hid.uscourts.gov)

The President had expressed confidence, while signing the revised order that it will stand the scrutiny of the judiciary. But apparently it couldn’t. The order impacts travel ban nationwide. It should be kept in mind that the order has been put on hold merely hours before it was to take effect.
Derrick K Watson of US District Court Hawaii
Following the order, according to CNN, President Trump attacked the ruling during a rally Wednesday night in Nashville and went on to call the ruling “the bad, the sad news.” He went on to add, “The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first one…This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach”. He also said that the issue will be taken to the Supreme Court if necessary.




Judge Derrick Kahala Watson was a nominee of President Barack Obama and was appointed in the year 2012. But this shouldn’t be taken as a partisan order as judges appointed by Republican President Bush had also blocked Trump travel ban. His appointment was confirmed in April 2013, as the Senate unanimously confirmed Watson in a 94 to 0 vote. Earlier he had served as an attorney for the Northern District of California. (Lawjobs.com)

He is a well respected jurist and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating in 1991. Initially he joined the San Francisco law firm Landels, Ripley & Diamond. He was an associate at the firm from 1991 to 1995. A report in the Heavy says, “When Derrick Kahala Watson was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, he became only the fourth person of Native Hawaiian descent to serve as an Article III judge in American history, according to the Asian Pacific American Caucus. Watson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii”.

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  1. Is Judge Derrick Watdon, Hawaii, a muslim?

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