Sunday, June 23, 2024

Cruz Presses Consequences for Stanford Law Students Who Heckled Judge

'The idea that these future lawyers would find it acceptable to harass and insult a sitting judge boggles the mind...'

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wants the Texas bar association to hold accountable the Stanford University law students who recently shouted down and insulted a visiting conservative speaker, Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, the Washington Times reported.

Specifically, Cruz asked the bar associationto demand that students graduating from Stanford Law School in the years 2023-25 answer in writing “whether they participated in the shameful harassment of Judge Duncan on March 9, 2023.”

He also suggested that participating students ought to undergo remedial training.

“I would leave it to the considered judgment of the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Board of Bar Examiners what the proper remedy should be—a remedial training course, a letter of apology, or the like—for those that respond in the affirmative,” Cruz wrote in a letter.

According to a report from The Blaze, Duncan was forced to cut short his remarks last week to the university’s chapter of the Federalist Society.

Video footage shows students shouting down the judge after allegedly conspiring with Tirien Steinbach, the school’s radical leftist dean of diversity, equity and inclusion to disrupt the event.

“You’ve invited me here and I’m being heckled nonstop,” Duncan said. “And I’m just asking for an administrator …”

The remainder of his sentence cannot be heard over students’ shouting.

“In my view, this was a setup,” Duncan later noted.

Steinbach “was working with students on this,” he added.

Cruz questioned “whether these students are fit to practice law in the State of Texas” in light of the event.

“The idea that these future lawyers would find it acceptable to harass and insult a sitting judge boggles the mind, and seriously calls into question whether these students have the proper respect for the role of a judge, or the temperament to practice law,” he said of the young activists.

He went on to question whether such people were capable of “dispassionately” defending “clients that might have ideological opinions different from their own.”

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