Gavin Newsom Blasts Federal Judge Over Courtroom Move

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( – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has once again criticized a federal judge and questioned their character following a controversial move in dealing with a defendant’s daughter in court during the month of February.

San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez oversaw a hearing last month regarding the probation revocation of a man who had served five years in jail and another five under supervised release after he was convicted of drug conspiracy. The man was reportedly concerned about the fate of his 13-year-old daughter, who seemed to be headed down the same dangerous path.

Following this admission, Benitez called the man’s daughter forth and had a U.S. Marshal handcuff her in order to scare her “straight.” Following this move, a misconduct complaint was filed against Benitez, which is currently being reviewed by another court.

Newsom took to Twitter to share the story and harshly criticize Benitez. He noted that, “THIS is the man” who is in charge of the state’s assault weapons ban case. A man who, as he said, would try to embarrass a 13-year-old in court. He said that he was disturbed by the incident as the father of a daughter who’s the same age.

This is not the first time Newsom has criticized federal judges. Last month, he criticized several judges working on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after they blocked a law that stopped those with domestic violence records from possessing firearms. Newsom has also blasted Benitez in the past, notably going after the judge in 2021 when he overturned California’s assault weapons ban. At the time, Newsom called him a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of gun advocates and warned that he would “continue to do damage.”

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