Hamilton judge who wore ‘MAGA’ hat in court suspended for 30 days without pay

TORONTO — An Ontario judge who wore a hat in court bearing a slogan used by U.S. President Donald Trump has been suspended without pay over the incident.

The Ontario Judicial Council says Justice Bernd Zabel’s conduct warrants the most serious reprimand possible short of removing him from the bench.

The council, which heard Zabel’s case last month, says the incident marks a “single aberrant and inexplicable act of judicial misconduct” from an otherwise respected judge.

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  • Bla Bla

    Subsequently, holding marxist views that align oneself with the most murderous regimes in the world gives you a promotion.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Court decorum and the perception of neutrality must be maintained especially when he’s sitting on the bench. However, suspension? Come on, it’s ridiculous.

    • Martin B

      That neutrality has to be upheld in both directions. Would a judge who wore an “I’m With Hillary” cap get the same treatment?

      • Tooth&Claw

        I would certainly hope that would be the case.

        • DMB

          NO! In this CHCH news report this woman who represents the presenting council openly stated that the fact that he wore a pro Donald Trump hat “hit a nerve with Canadians” in other words Donald Trump is bad while Hillary Clinton is wonderful. Her political bias was clearly showing here. There is no neutrality here only political bias on the left..
          http://www.chch.com/hamilton-judge-faces-disciplinary-hearing-make-america-great-hat/

      • Clink9

        That would have earned him fellatio from the entire court house.

      • ismiselemeas

        Whataboutery is a lame position to argue from.

      • DMB

        NO! In this CHCH news report this woman who represents the presenting council openly stated that the fact that he wore a pro Donald Trump hat “hit a nerve with Canadians” in other words Donald Trump is bad while Hillary Clinton is wonderful. Her political bias was clearly showing here. There is no neutrality here only political bias on the left.
        http://www.chch.com/hamilton-judge-faces-disciplinary-hearing-make-america-great-hat/

      • Will Quest

        Not bloody likely ….

    • Alain

      It remains questionable if this had anything to do with actual court decorum. It was widely reported that someone spotted him in a store wearing the cap before that was changed to him wearing it in his civilian cloths when arriving at court. Now the claim is he was wearing it while sitting as judge. I seriously doubt the last claim and suspect the first report was more likely correct.

      • Tooth&Claw

        I thought that was strange as well how the report shifted. If he was in fact wearing on his own time out shopping, that’s his business and they have none in punishing him for his individual choice in headwear while he’s not on the bench.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    “Justice Bernd Zabel’s conduct warrants the most serious reprimand possible short of removing him from the bench”

    In the eyes of your average leftists, this man is WORSE than a paedophile.

    • irishrus

      Exactly, and which cases did he decide upon that had any bearing on his political views?

      Hope he’s on dock for the current Wynne Riding bribery case, though

  • Uncommunist

    Meanwhile outrageous leftist ideologies are constantly put forward – from the Bench. Outrageous persecution.

  • If the hat is inappropriate, so are Islamic head and face coverings.

  • ismiselemeas

    He can do whatever the f*ck he wants at his auntie’s backyard BBQ. When he’s in court he’s on my dime and and my dime says the courts must be neutral. American political displays have no place in a Canadian court.

    • Alain

      We do not know this was the case.

      • ismiselemeas
        • Alain

          Assuming that this is not more fake news, even here he did not did not and was not wearing it while presiding as judge. Also what on earth has to do with court neutrality in Canada, since he could not have been judging an international case? I find it amazing that Canadians can be traumatised by the slogan “Make America Great Again”.

          • ismiselemeas

            Then judges, clerks, and everyone else can just turn up in whatever the f*ck they want to wear, Sex Pistol tees, whatever and that’ll be ok because court neutrality has nothing to do with what you wear? Please Alain, listen to yourself. I’m not traumatised by a MAGA hat, I’m beyond pissed off that an Ontario judge is making a political statement on behalf of Americans in an Ontario court. No matter how you slice it it’s a serious breach of court ethics and an insult to Canadians. Furthermore, occasionally, news is correctly reported. It’s not always fake news just because it runs contrary to your point of view.

          • DMB

            The hat said “Make America Great Again” which was also used by Ronald Reagan out of patriotism. It did not say Trump Pence 2017. Having said that the bigger issue is not the hat (which was pro Trump) but the double standard that was being displayed here were as if he wore a pro Hillary hat he would not have been facing a disciplinary hearing due to the overwhelmingly Liberal bias in Canada’s judiciary system.
            http://www.chch.com/hamilton-judge-faces-disciplinary-hearing-make-america-great-hat/

          • ismiselemeas

            American patriotism has no place in a Canadian court. What’s more, whataboutery is beyond lame. Please don’t use it. It doesn’t further the cause.

          • DMB

            In Multicultural Canada all other flags around the world are promoted as part of diversity EXCEPT for the American one. If he had on a hat saying “Death to America” would that be any difference. What I am hearing from you is the standard Anti-America statements that is widely promoted in Canadian media. This has EVERYTHING to do with political double standard as in Donald Trump is evil and Hillary Clinton is good!

  • irishrus

    Yet back in the day … not too far…. A.G Roy McMurtry and Judges all high fived and partied on after one certain gay agenda item of many in the Chinese water torture decisions (always made the week before pride weeks).

    That was one of many objective sombre sides to the liberal Ontario Justice System wasn’t it?

    You hypocrite political brotherhood of Canadian Judge and media celebrities are so full of shit

    • A Hamilton Guy

      You`ve got my agreement.

  • Dave

    The twats on the Ontario Judicial Council need to suffer the most serious reprimand possible which is disbarment. Then a civl suit by Bernd Zabel. Persecute the ‘tards and show then for the clowns they are!
    Really makes one think that they would get a fair trial…if they arent a commie, leftist, traitorous, antifa loving douchebag with homosexual tendencies. Oh yeah, and wearing a che t-shirt.

  • Keith Manning

    Canada 2020 Man faces firing squad for smiling at someone