HE was the federal judge who temporarily blocked US President Donald Trump’s infamous immigration order.
Here’s everything you need to know about James Robart who halted the so-called ‘Muslim travel ban’ back in February and where the US Supreme Court stands on the legal order.
Who is James Robart?
The Seattle judge was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in 2004 after being nominated by then President George W.Bush.
Before this appointment Robart, 69, had spent 30 years in a private firm known as Lane Powell.
He graduated from Whitman College in Washington, and Georgetown University Law Center.
Douglas Adkins, a former investment banker who has known Robart since childhood, denied the decision to lift the travel ban was for political reasons.
Adkins said: “He is relatively apolitical. He’s not a conservative or a liberal. He’s a man interested in the law and fairness.”
Adkins said Robart and his wife have no children but have been foster parents to several immigrant children over the years, primarily from Southeast Asia.
The judge has served as the president of the Seattle Children’s Home and was a former trustee of the Children’s Home Society of Washington, which provide mental health services for at-risk youth and help troubled families.
Paul Lawrence, an attorneys who backed Washington State in the immigration case, said: “His involvement with children may have helped contribute to his understanding of the people impacted by this ruling but would not have shaped his interpretation of the rule of law.”
He has represented Asian refugees during his career, according to CNN.
How did Judge Robart block the order?
Robart’s temporary restraining order to block the travel ban nationwide.
This was to allow Washington and Minnoesta to mount a legal challenge against the ban, which they argue is unconstitutional and denied people with valid entry documents the right to travel.
Robart’s ruling included suspending the seven-country travel ban, the temporary refugee admissions ban and the ban on Syrian refugees.