A since-retired federal immigration judge has been fined and barred from federal service for two-and-a-half years after she was found to have violated the Hatch Act by promoting then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s immigration plan during a 2016 deportation hearing.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Tuesday that Carmene “Zsa Zsa” DePaolo – a former immigration judge who was employed by the U.S. Department of Justice but has since retired – has been reprimanded and disciplined by an administrative law judge on behalf of the Merit Systems Protection Board.
The OSC filed a complaint against DePaolo in June 2018 accusing her of violating the Hatch Act – which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or in the federal workplace.
According to the OSC, DePaolo violated the Hatch Act as she presided over a March 2016 public deportation hearing for an individual facing deportation and a 10-year ban on reentry into the United States.
If Democrats won the Senate, she said at the time, "there’s some hope that they can actually pass immigration legislation.” Republicans won both the White House and Senate in 2016.