The U.S. district court judge who blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order regarding the withholding of federal funds from “sanctuary cities” is a Democrat fundraiser, having raised at least $200,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
According to Public Citizen’s data, Judge William Orrick also raised an additional $30,800 for satellite groups supporting Obama’s presidential campaign. In 2004, he raised at least $100,000 in support of John Kerry’s presidential campaign.
A judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Orrick granted a request from the municipalities of Santa Clara and San Francisco for a preliminary injunction against Executive Order 13768, ruling that the municipalities’ constitutional challenges against the executive order are “likely to succeed” on their merits:
To succeed in their motions, the Counties must show that they are likely to face immediate irreparable harm absent an injunction, that they are likely to succeed on the merits, and that the balance of harms and public interest weighs in their favor. The Counties have met this burden.
Orrick essentially accepts the claims of Santa Clara and San Francisco, describing Section 9(a) of Executive Order 13768 as unconstitutional with respect to separation of powers (federal appropriations are said Orrick to be restricted to congressional purview and beyond the executive branch’s authority) and overly broad in its direction to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions.”
Last July, Orrick issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress, prohibiting the group from releasing video it had captured during its undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood’s selling of tissues procured from the remains of aborted children.
Judge William Orrick
Obama nominated Orrick to federal judgeship in 2011. Orrick was confirmed as a federal judge in 2013.
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