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Federal law and Trump’s ‘Mexican judge’ comments

In an election year of equal opportunity hyperbole, presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments in late May and early June about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel — suggesting that his “Mexican” heritage creates an “absolute conflict” precluding him from presiding over the Trump University class action suit — were certain to ignite strong feelings, fears and days of seemingly endless talking-head debates.

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