HAMMOND, Ind. -- The judge who has been at the receiving end of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s endless attacks was born just across the border in East Chicago.
The federal judge is deciding the Trump University class action lawsuit and Trump has been saying he cant get a fair shake because the judge's parents were from Mexico.
Federal judge Gonzalo Curiel is presiding over the suit in Southern California. He has experience as a prosecutor and a state judge prior to his appointment to the federal bench by President Obama. He was born in East Chicago, Ind., and has three siblings. One of his brothers was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.
Curiel went to high school at Bishop Noll, then got his law degree at the University of Indiana. He is not speaking about Trump’s comments and one of his good friends from Bishop Noll says he isn’t reading any of the coverage. His friend says Trump's comments will have no impact on how his friend handles the case.
This isn’t the first time the judge has had to deal with harsh words. He went into hiding for a while after a Mexican drug cartel threatened to kill him.