Voter Suppression

Kris Kobach Loses Again, Gets Sanctioned

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Following through on a temporary order to block Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's policy requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote in Kansas, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson has now permanently blocked the program.

In her ruling, Judge Robinson declared the policy unconstitutional and said it violates the National Voter Registration Act. The judge also ordered Kobach to attend legal education classes because he's such an incompetent slob.

Her 100-plus page opinion also knocked Kobach, who defended the law himself in court, for his “history of non-compliance with this Court’s orders,” and imposed “sanctions responsive to Defendant’s repeated and flagrant violations of discovery and disclosure rules.” She ordered he take six hours of legal ed classes. [...]

She said that Kobach showed “a pattern and practice” of “flaunting disclosure and discovery rules that are designed to prevent prejudice and surprise at trial,” prompting her to impose sanctions on him — specifically six hours of legal education, beyond those required by his law license, focusing on trial procedure.

I would posit that Kobach actually knows the rules and procedures, he's just an arrogant asshole who thought he could pull a fast one in court.

On the other hand, you may recall that Kobach tried to appeal sanctions against him but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals threw his lawsuit out because Judge Robinson had not actually sanctioned him yet. That could be evidence that he is actually a moron. In any case, now that the judge has sanctioned him, I assume he'll file another appeal.

  • muselet

    Kris Kobach knows nothing about federal rules and procedures. That’s why he spent so much time during the trial with a gobsmacked expression on his face.

    He’ll bounce back from this, the way every Righty who should slink away in disgrace bounces back: by loudly claiming martyrdom at the hands of a liberal judge with an agenda! The suckers and rubes won’t be able to get their wallets out quicly enough when Kobach asks for their help to help stop the evil, un-American blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda.

    Julie Robinson should have recommended the Kansas Bar Association pull Kobach’s license to practice.


  • Username1016

    I wish people would learn the difference between “flaunt” and “flout.” Lookin’ at you, Judge Robinson.

    • Tony Lavely

      Be fair. Could be spellcheck.

      • Christopher Foxx

        It’s still the responsibility of the writer to make sure things come out the way they intend. It’s a poor chef that blames their pots.

        • Tony Lavely

          Certainly is.

          It’s now a responsibility, I fear, mostly honored in the breach. So few comments (not only here, btw) seem to be proof-read before post, and the widespread lack of an edit ability for them exacerbates the problem, implying errors are of little or no consequence. None of which applies to Username1016’s comment.


          • Christopher Foxx

            Fortunately, this site does allow perpetual editing of comments. I suppose some could use that to change what they’ve posted after the fact (it’s part of why I typically quote what I’m responding to, so subsequent changes would be obvious). But I’m glad it provides me a chance to correct the typos and grammatical errors (they’re/their is out to get me) that I sometimes make.

  • Loved the fact that the Judge told him to go back to school. Sometimes we haz schadenfreude–it’s been rare lately.

  • Aynwrong

    Now you go sit in the corner Krisy with a “K” and if you have to go to the bathroom just use the dunce cap. Just make sure you put it back on your head when you’re done.