A white male judge who ordered handcuffed a female attorney with a Muslim name Zohra Bakhtary - simply because she was trying to make a record to prevent unjust incarceration of her indigent client.
From the official court biography of Judge Hafen, one learns - of course - that he is "a man of faith", that was really necessary to include into a judge's profile:
Judge Hafen also is a former prosecutor:
Not only that, Judge Hafen is "famous", or, I would say, infamous for helping to severely undermine criminal defendants' rights against self-incrimination in custodial interrogations, in violation of 4th and 5th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
Judge Hafen helped eliminate such protections through his argument as a a prosecutor before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Hibel v Sixth Judicial District, 542 U.S. 177 (2004).
Judge Hafen is very proud of his "accomplishment" in Hibel, he even placed that "accomplishment" into his official court biography:
As a religious man, a Christian, a "man of faith", Judge Hibel, of course, must know this text:
"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent." 1 Timothy 2:12-13.
And, in front of Judge Hafen was a public defender, a beautiful young woman with a Muslim name, Zohra Bakhtary.
Zohra Bakhtary, according to online sources, is an immigrant from Afghanistan:
The white Christian male elderly - and ugly - judge ordered a young female immigrant attorney (no doubt, speaking with an accent since she immigrated into the U.S. only at the age of 14) with a Muslim name, during her argument raising due process liberty interests of her client (arguing against jail time for an indigent client on violation of probation charges) "to be quiet".
Because Judge Hafen wanted to "teach her a lesson".
Because Judge Hafen had "problems" with her for the last 6 months, according to his own admission.
Attorney Bakhtary allegedly interrupted Judge Hafen.
Of course, Judge Hafen turned off videocameras, so that it would be his and his stenographer's word against the attorney's word, as to his and the attorney's demeanor and whether the attorney interrupted the judge or was simply trying to put in a constitutional argument for her poor clients edgewise, while run over by the - old Christina ugly male chauvinist judge Hafen.
After all, who knows what kind of feelings a beautiful woman like Attorney Bakhtary stirred in Judge Hafen that could not be satisfied other than through petty vengeance.
And the judge did "teach a lesson".
He ordered criminal defense attorney for the indigent, Attorney Zohra Bakhtary who came to this country as to the "land of the tree, the country of the brave", the land of the "rule of law", from Afghanistan torn by war - to be handcuffed for making constitutional argument on behalf of her poor client.
So that she would learn her place and "be quiet" when a man tells her to do so.
Attorney Bakhtary's boss, a male attorney Phil Kohn, who "promised changes" when first elected in 2004, held a "closed doors" meeting with Judge Hafen.
Yet, when he was elected, attorney Phil Kohn also reportedly said: "I've wanted this job for a long time, so I am very happy".
So, in order to continue to be happy, Phil Kohn threw attorney Zohra Bakhtary under the bus.
Attorney Kohn did not file a misconduct complaint against the male chauvinist pig judge Hafen.
Attorney Kohn did not file a motion to recuse Judge Hafen from all proceedings where Zohra Bakhtary represents clients, for the elementary purpose of preventing the very same retaliation that was already visited by Judge Hafen not only upon Attorney Bakhtary, but also upon her indigent client.
Instead, the white male attorney Phil Kohn
had a "closed-doors" meeting with Judge Hafen, and "emerged from the meeting with a positive outlook".
"'I don’t think there’s going to be a hangover from this', Kohn said. 'She’s tenacious. It’s probably why today happened. But I don’t believe for one second that this will deter her from doing her job zealously. I know that she will continue to fight for her clients. As far as I’m concerned, it’s behind us.”
How about a little help to a woman abused by judicial misconduct so that she would not be "deterred" from "doing her job zealously" and for continuing to "be tenacious" and "fighting for her clients".
What will happen next if she fights for her clients? She will be put in jail?
And her boss will hold another "old boys" "white male to white male" closed-door meeting, emerging out of it with a "positive outlook"?
And saying - oh well, things happen, the woman is tenacious, she will endure more abuse, she and her clients.
No need to turn the pig judge in for misconduct.
No need to protect clients by motions to recuse the pig judge.
Oh, and yes, the cherry that tops the cake, so to say - Kohn said reportedly that "he was concerned that cameras installed in the courtroom to capture audio and video had not been turned on, though that’s not a requirement under state law."
“I would love to watch what happened,” Kohn said, “not just what words were spoken, but how they were spoken.”
So, he recognizes that the demeanor of parties and their body language may make a difference.
And that's exactly why the #MaleChauvinistPigJudgeConradHafen turned off he video and audio cameras.
I do not share attorney Kohn's optimism that Ms. Bakhtary is so "tenacious" that she will continue to take abuse from Judge Hafen without any help from authorities to control Judge Hafen's obvious misconduct, and will continue to jeopardize her law license and livelihood, asking for more contempt citations - without any protection from her boss or from other authorities.
Recently, a Canadian study found that female lawyers leave criminal defense in "alarming numbers", citing as one of the reasons, gender-based courtroom discrimination and abuse.
The situation is no different in the U.S.
I have no doubt in my mind that abuse of Judge Hafen against Ms. Zohra Bakhtary was gender based - as well as ethnicity-based, immigrant-status-based, accent-based and Muslim name-based.
I have no doubt in my mind that Judge Conrad Hafen would never have handcuffed a fellow Christian fundamentalist white male attorney - he would allow such an attorney to speak as much as he wants.
So - will MaleChauvinistPigJudgeConradHafen be disciplined for his misconduct, or is this "episode" is "behind" everybody involved - as Ms. Bakhtary's cowardly boss Phil Kohn said?
Until the next time the Pig Judge strikes?
I would also like to point out that attorney Zohra Bakhtary does not exactly lack political connections in high places - having been a Clerk to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Democratic Senator Harry Reid.
Apparently, even such connections cannot protect from a female attorney from abuse in the courtroom by male chauvinist pig judges like judge Conrad Hafen.
So - should a female attorney tolerate abuse and risk jail each time she enters a courtroom because some white Christian fundamentalist chauvinist pig judge wants to subdue her, as his religion (or baser considerations) teaches him to do?
I hope that judge Conrad Hafen is taken off the bench for this "episode".
Then, the episode will be truly "behind us", the public and female attorneys in the courtroom will be protected from judicial misconduct, and integrity of judicial office, undermined by the PigJudge, will be restored in the public's eye.
I will continue to follow this story.