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Tue Mar 26, 2019, 04:54 AM Mar 2019

Ninth Circuit recommended for expansion. Could it mean shift to the right?


U.S. judicial leaders are proposing to add five more judges to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, an expansion that could potentially shift the majority from Democratic to Republican on a federal appellate court whose liberal rulings have long made it a favorite target for conservatives.

The recommendations from the Judicial Conference, whose members are judges representing the nation’s federal courts, are intended solely to ease the Ninth Circuit’s workload. If approved — with legislation that would require at least some Democratic support — it would increase the number of seats on the court from 29 to 34.

The Ninth Circuit now has 24 judges, 16 appointed by Democratic presidents and eight by Republicans, including three by the court’s most vocal critic, President Trump. He has called the circuit hostile and biased for its rulings against him on issues such as immigration, birth control and transgender military service.

But Trump has nominated candidates to fill five current vacancies on the court, and their confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate would narrow the division to 16-13, increasing the prospect of a Republican-appointed majority on the randomly chosen three-judge panels that decide most cases and the 11-judge panels that can overrule past precedents.

And if Trump could appoint five more judges in the next year, the court would have 34 members, 18 of them chosen by Republican presidents.

Keep a close eye on this. We can not afford to lose the 9th circuit.
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Ninth Circuit recommended for expansion. Could it mean shift to the right? (Original Post) Joe941 Mar 2019 OP
if it did not mean a shift to the right they would not want it rampartc Mar 2019 #1
If they do, the first Dem President should expand the SCOTUS. allgood33 Mar 2019 #2
It doesnt sound like it is GOPers making the decision. Joe941 Mar 2019 #4
Nazi judges will rule the roost. watoos Mar 2019 #3


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1. if it did not mean a shift to the right they would not want it
Tue Mar 26, 2019, 05:19 AM
Mar 2019

slow this thing down until president harris is appointing the judges, and repubs will oppose it.

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