A federal appellate judge slammed his colleague on a lower court for issuing what he described as a boilerplate order that adopted a magistrate judge’s report without explanation—even after the court had scolded the judge in the past over a similar issue.

In a dissent, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Daniel Collins called U.S. District Judge James Soto’s order in a migrant smuggling case essentially a “4½-page rubberstamp.”

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