California Gov. Gavin Newsom continued his attacks against national judges Wednesday evening, calling into mobility nan characteristic of San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez pursuing a arguable "scared straight" attack connected a defendant's girl successful tribunal past month.
Including a nexus to a communicative from nan San Diego Union Tribune astir nan incident, Newsom tweeted:
"Judge Benitez connected afloat display. THIS is nan man who is deciding nan destiny of CA's battle weapons ban. A man that will handcuff guiltless kids successful a courtroom for nan liking of humiliation. I'm nan dada of a 13-year-old girl – this sickens me."
The outlet elaborate a infinitesimal during a Feb. 13 proceeding wherever Benitez told a U.S. Marshal to handcuff nan 13-year-old girl of a suspect who was successful tribunal to determine probation revocation pursuing 5 years successful situation and 5 years of supervised merchandise connected a supplier conspiracy charge.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks earlier signing authorities establishing nan Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment Act, successful San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group via AP)
After nan man told Benitez he was concerned for his girl because she seemed to beryllium going down nan way that yet landed him successful jail, Benitez asked nan girl, who was reportedly crying, to attack him connected nan guidelines and had her concisely handcuffed successful an effort to scare her distant from criminal behavior.
The enactment resulted successful a misconduct title being revenge against Benitez, which will beryllium reviewed by a higher court.
Newsom's tweet comes little than a period aft he lashed retired astatine a sheet of 3 judges from nan 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals aft they struck down a rule that banned group convicted of home unit from owning firearms.
Newsom fired disconnected astatine nan judges, who decided that nan rule violated nan Second Amendment, calling them "zealots" who are "hellbent connected a deranged imagination of guns for all."
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Benitez, who overturned California's decades-old ban connected battle weapons successful 2021 earlier a higher tribunal reinstated nan law, has been a target for nan Democratic politician since nan determination astir 2 years ago.
Newsom branded him an "activist judge" and "a wholly owned subsidiary of nan weapon lobby and National Rifle Association" aft he changeable down respective weapon laws successful nan authorities and compared an AR-15 battle firearm to a Swiss service knife.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that nan authorities of California has revenge an entreaty to a caller determination by a U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego to overturn California's three-decade-old prohibition connected battle weapons. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The constitutionality of California's weapons-related prohibition has been successful limbo pursuing nan reinstatement and Benitez is expected to merchandise a 2nd determination successful nan coming weeks.
Fox News Digital's Houston Keene contributed to this report.