- Judge Kozinski warns that when any litigant, including Trump, insults a judge it only highlights the weakness of their position.
- In weighing the travel ban, Judge Kozinski says fellow judges should not hold elected officials like President Trump hostage to what they said while campaigning.
- Capital punishment should be by guillotine or firing squad, argues Kozinski, who says society sanitizes the brutality of the death penalty with lethal drugs.
President Trump’s attempts to impose a ban on travelers from half a dozen Muslim-majority nations have been stymied by federal judges — highlighting the power of the courts to act as a lever against executive power.
Tonight, we talk with a prominent and controversial judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Alex Kozinski, a conservative appointed by President Reagan. His Court of Appeals, the nation’s largest, covering the Western United States, refused to lift the block on the president’s travel ban in February, and is scheduled to weigh in on the revised ban next month.
“My advice would be to whoever is going after judges by name, whether it’s the president or anybody else, I think it’s a terrible idea.” Judge Alex Kozinski
We sat down with Judge Kozinski to discuss his distrust of authority, his crusade against dishonest prosecutors, the so-called Muslim ban, and what he thinks of President Trump’s singling out and attacking federal judges.
Lesley Stahl: Let’s say, hypothetically, that President Trump decided to single you out, how would you handle it?
Alex Kozinski: Well, so long as he spells my name right, it’s OK.
Lesley Stahl: Really?
Alex Kozinski: Yes.
Judge Alex Kozinski, one of the country’s most influential conservative federal…