Originally Published in The Washington Post
Associate Press - April 17, 2021
Instead, he criticized the entire court system and called its managers “a fearful community whose primary interest has never been the growth of those they oversee but rather their own continued employment.”
“I am an older judge and it is hard to understand how any court system can function like this,” he added.
Ford was a criminal court judge in Cook County, Illinois, before being named to the immigration court bench in 2019 by then-Attorney General William Barr. During his tenure in Chicago, he was criticized for jailing a pregnant woman without bail for a nonviolent crime and had a high number of rulings overturned by appellate courts, according to Injustice Watch, a justice watchdog group.
The guild said the Justice Department closed its investigation into Ford last month without disclosing whether any disciplinary action was taken.
Ford and the Justice Department did not respond to requests for comment from the Chronicle.
The guild said in a statement Saturday that it believes the public pressure for Ford to be removed from the bench had an impact.