Feb 13, 2017 Virginia federal trial judge further stays Trump’s attempted travel ban against those from seven countries
Today, federal trial judge Leonie Brinkema issued a preliminary injunction against Donald Trump’s attempted travel ban against those from seven named predominantly Muslim countries. The preliminary injunction means that his travel ban is blocked in Virginia until the challenge to the travel ban is fully litigated before Judge Brinkema, unless Trump obtains appellate relief favorable to him.
Judge Brinkema on January 28, 2017, issued a temporary restraining order against the travel ban, which was only in force until today’s resolution of the preliminary injunction action against the ban.
Trump will have trouble sounding credible in any verbal attack on Judge Brinkema. .She sits on a court — the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division) — that is not known as a bastion of liberal judges, and she does not come across as one either. In fact, federal prosecutors perhaps for that very reason prefer prosecuting terrorism cases in the Alexandria federal court rather than in the neighboring District of Columbia District Court, on top of expecting more proseutorial-friendly jurors in Alexandria.