The recommendations from the Judicial Conference, whose members are judges representing the nations federal courts, are intended solely to ease the Ninth Circuits 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 courts 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.
However, judging by the recent past, apologies are not likely forthcoming from the responsible parties. In this context, it matters not whether one is a supporter or a critic of President Trump.
Whatever his supposed flaws, the rampant accusations and speculation that shrouded Trumps presidency, even before it began, ultimately have proven unfounded. Just as Trump said all along.
Yet, each time Trump said so, some of us in the media lampooned him. We treated any words he spoke in his own defense as if they were automatically to be disbelieved because he had uttered them. Some even declared his words to be lies, although they had no evidence to back up their claims.
We in the media allowed unproven charges and false accusations to dominate the news landscape for more than two years, in a way that was wildly unbalanced and disproportionate to the evidence.
We did a poor job of tracking down leaks of false information. We failed to reasonably weigh the motives of anonymous sources and those claiming to have secret, special evidence of Trumps treason.
As such, we reported a tremendous amount of false information, always to Trumps detriment.
And when we corrected our mistakes, we often doubled down more than we apologized. We may have been technically wrong on that tiny point, we would acknowledge. But, in the same breath, we would insist that Trump was so obviously guilty of being Russian President Vladimir Putins puppet that the technical details hardly mattered.
So, a round of apologies seem in order.
This is complete garbage. I'm fearing we are losing in the media.
That is all.
Until we get to the bottom of the collusion and get the indictments justice demands. This regardless of the Mueller report. TRump will be removed.
We know it happened. The evidence is clear. How can this be?!? Help me understand this.
Back when Roberts excoriated tRump for calling a judge an "Obama judge" and told him: "We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges." we all cheered. However, now I'm here the same line tRump used: "Ellis is a Reagan judge". Ok... Are we sure we want to join tRump in this argument?
Obviously we are disappointed in the months given Manafort, but is it really because he is a "Reagan Judge"? I will reluctantly accept the Manafort sentencing... I'm concerned about the court impartiality... I don't want the courts to be just another political institution. Maybe I'm alone on that.
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