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A New Orleans judge has ruled that the Obama administration acted in contempt by continuing to block new offshore drilling after a judge struck down the drilling moratorium.  After the first ban was struck down, the administration instituted a second ban, then lifted it just before it too was about to be struck down.  Even now there still appears be a de facto ban because the government has yet to approve any new offshore drilling. From Bloomberg.com,

Interior Department regulators acted with “determined disregard” by lifting and reinstituting a series of policy changes that restricted offshore drilling, following the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, U.S. District Judge, Martin Feldman of New Orleans ruled yesterday.

“Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,” Feldman said in the ruling.

“Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re- imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt,” Feldman said.

The Interior department has also been ordered to pay the legal fees of the group that originally filed the lawsuit against the drilling ban.

This is not the only time the Obama administration has ignored a federal judge’s ruling.  During the last few days, the administration has been ignoring the Jan. 31 ruling of  U.S. District Court judge Roger Vinson.  Judge Vinson struck down the entire bill as unconstitutional, but the Obama administration is still implementing the bill.  They may receive another charge of contempt by ignoring Judge Vinson’s ruling.

There appears to be a pattern developing.  When a court rules against Obama, he continues doing the same activity that the court ruled against.  For someone who is supposed to be a Constitutional Law professor, Obama doesn’t seem to realize how the separation of powers works in our form of government.  Or maybe he understands completely and is refusing to obey the rule of law.  If this is the case we have a very big problem.

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  2. Harry says:

    This makes two! Sometimes it seems that Obama is Teflon, but this flagrant dismissal of federal courts is something that I believe will gain steam. In addition to the Florida decision, there are some serious questions about the abuse of power. I know it’s provocative and maybe premature, shrill, etc…but, dare I say….impeachable?

  3. Harrison says:

    Bush played a similar tactic regarding terrorism in that they would use a tactic to safeguard the nation, he would be ruled against, and they would try something else. That was to keep America safe. Obama’s way is to keep oil production dead meanwhile things like are what happening in Egypt show how vulnerable we are.

  4. John Carey says:

    How can we be a nation that follows the rule of law when we have a President that cherry picks the rules he wants to follow. It is time for congress to rein him in. Time for some hearings.

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