Skip to comments.Filibuster change damages courts, federal appeals judge says in op-ed
Posted on 11/26/2013 9:00:46 AM PST by Rusty0604
A federal appeals judge fears last weeks change in Senate filibuster rules will harm the judiciary because it will become easier for ideologues to win approval to the bench.
Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III expressed his views in a Washington Post op-ed. Now, even those with the most rigid and absolute beliefs can spend a lifetime on the federal bench without a scintilla of bipartisan support, Wilkinson writes.
Ideologues pose a unique risk for courts...Taking disagreements personally, believing oneself in sole and permanent possession of the truth can, in countless ways, delay dispositions and corrode the quality of justice..."
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Getting ideologues on the bench was precisely the reason for eliminating the filibuster Judge.
It would seem to me, if the Republicans ever regained the Senate and Presidency, they could just “dissolve” the DC Court of Appeals and then re-constitute the court and stack it themselves.
What could the GOP do with the judges who are already sitting on the DC circuit?
You took the words right out of my mouth.
Congress and the President define the structure of the court system. It would seem to me, the DC Court of Appeals could be dissolved-— it would no longer exist. Then Congress could “create” a new court and appoint any judges they want.
And if Congress did so, what would happen to the judges currently sitting on the D.C. Circuit?
Would that not be legislation (and thus be subject to filibuster), not confirmation (which is not)?
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