You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

Federal judge frustrated by shutdown tells Congress: ‘Go to hell’

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

One federal judge fed up with Capitol Hill had harsh words for Congress, which he blames for the government shutdown: "Go to hell," he said.

Fox News reported U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf made the remarks in a blog posting — and didn't hold back on calling for a judicial revolt.

He wrote, on "Hercules and the Umpire," his personal blog: "Given the loss of employees already suffered by the judiciary on account of the sequester and otherwise, why shouldn't every remaining employee of every federal district court ... be declared 'essential?' "

Mr. Kopf said his fellow judicial branch colleagues ought to declare all their workers exempt from furloughs — a thinly disguised rebellion at legislative authority. He said a declaration like that would actually force Congress to back down, and overturn the lawmakers' push to "destroy the judiciary by failing to pass a budget."

If the judiciary did take such a strong stance, it would force Congress into a corner with only two options: Destroy the court system. Or go "bat [expletive]," and duke it out with the judiciary, he wrote.

He wrapped: "It is time to tell Congress to go to hell. It's the right thing to do."

Mr. Kopf was appointed by President George W. Bush in 1992 to the District of Nebraska.

 

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.