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  • Retired Jurist Makes Compelling Case For Term Limits In Stunning Admission

    09/13/2017 11:56:01 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 26 replies ^ | 9-13-17 | Ed Morrissey
    For decades, a debate over lifetime appointments in the federal judiciary have pitted those who value freedom from political influence against those who see a need for accountability. The former want to continue the tradition, and the latter want either term limits, retention elections, or a combination of both, as many states have in place now. No serious effort has been made to propose such a system, but perhaps an “exit interview” by the New York Times’ Adam Liptak of retired appellate jurist Richard Posner will prompt one. And it should, as Posner inadvertently makes the best possible case for...
  • Trump nominates round of district court judges

    07/13/2017 1:03:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 13, 2017 | Lydia Wheeler
    President Trump unveiled a round of 11 judicial nominees Thursday for openings on district courts across the country. Trump's announced his intent to fill openings on district courts in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Oklahoma. As of July 13, there were 108 current vacancies on district courts with six nominees pending, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts' website. The list includes the nomination of Liles Burke, an associate judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and William “Billy” Ray,...
  • Four of Trump’s judicial nominees clear Senate committee

    07/13/2017 10:13:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Four of President Trump’s judicial nominees cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday as Republicans sought to make headway on the long list of vacancies in the federal courts. Two of the nominees cleared easily while the other two were approved on party-line votes, after Democrats accused them of making controversial political blog posts in the past. John Kenneth Bush, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Damien Michael Schiff, his pick for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, both posted on a range of topics including slavery, abortion and gay rights. Sen. Patrick Leahy,...
  • Dems begin to panic as Trump set to transform federal judiciary

    06/23/2017 8:10:34 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 90 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 06/23/17 | Thomas Lifson
    While Democrats obsess over the Russia hacking fantasy and Robert Mueller as Trump's Javert, President Trump, the Federalist Society, and Senator Chuck Grassley are on the way to making the federal judiciary great again. The Huffington Post noticed and is worried: Trump is unbelievably well positioned to fill up federal courts with lifetime judges. He inherited a whopping 108 court vacancies when he became president – double the number of vacancies President Barack Obama inherited when he took office. The reason Trump gets to fill so many seats is partly because Obama was slow to fill court vacancies early in...
  • BREAKING: US judge blocks Trump funding order on sanctuary cities

    04/25/2017 1:25:33 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 329 replies
    Twitter ^ | 04/25/2017 | AP
    BREAKING: US judge blocks Trump order to cut off funding to cities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities.
  • Federal Judges Rewrite the 2nd Amendment

    02/27/2017 9:00:10 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 35 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/27/17 | Michael Shannon
    Ignoring “militia,” “arms” and “shall not infringe” the court sounded more like Chief Justice Oprah Winfrey The most confusing dependent clause in the history of the nation, at least as far as personal liberty goes, is the one that begins the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights. The full text of the amendment reads: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. To understand what the Founders meant it helps to understand how much the former colonists disliked a standing...
  • Federal court orders Wisconsin Legislature to redraw maps

    01/30/2017 9:28:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    AP via WITI, Fox 6, Milwaukee ^ | 12:42 PM, January 27, 2017
    A panel of federal judges has ordered the Wisconsin Legislature to redraw legislative boundaries by November, rejecting calls from those challenging the maps to have the judges do the work. The three-judge panel released its decision in the redistricting case Friday. The state is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. State attorneys had asked for the Republican-controlled Legislature to be allowed to draw the maps if the Supreme Court orders them redone. Democrats who sued over the boundaries wanted the judges to do that. …
  • Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary

    12/25/2016 9:09:38 PM PST · by Innovative · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 25, 2016 | By Philip Rucker and Robert Barnes
    Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office. The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to hand over to Trump in the Jan. 20 transition of power is nearly double the 54 openings Obama found eight years ago following George W. Bush’s presidency. Confirmation of Obama’s judicial nominees slowed to a crawl after Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015. Obama White House officials blame Senate Republicans for...
  • University of N. Texas Law School (Royal Furgeson) Being Denied Accreditation

    08/30/2016 3:43:51 PM PDT · by redpan · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/30/2016 | Kevin Daley
    The University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, the city’s first public institution of legal study, may soon be denied its accreditation by the American Bar Association, signaling trouble for other struggling third tier institutions. Read More
  • Terrific: Federal judges have blocked hundreds of thousands of illegal alien deportation orders

    08/22/2016 11:31:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/22/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Even known criminals... I guess it’s a good news/bad news story. Despite the determination of the president to never deport an illegal alien, since they’re all prospective Democrat voters, there are still some people in the Department of Homeland Security who take their jobs seriously and issue hundreds of thousands of deportation orders each year. That’s the good news. The bad news? Even if Obama doesn’t stop them from doing their jobs, apparently there are plenty of federal judges who will. Some excellent reporting from shows that over the past who years, more than 200,000 would-be deportations were halted...
  • Obama agenda and legacy in the hands of federal judges

    08/27/2015 7:44:19 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8/26/2015 | Tom Howell Jr
    A federal judge in Texas has put President Obama’s deportation amnesty on hold, while another judge in the District of Columbia is poised to rule any day now on whether the House can sue to stop parts of the administration’s Obamacare spending. Meanwhile, no fewer than six federal judges in the District are refereeing Mr. Obama’s broad pledges of transparency and how they stack up against the way his State Department operated under Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary. Indeed, much of Mr. Obama’s agenda — and his legacy — sits in the hands of federal judges across the country, who...
  • Most illegal immigrants from border surge skipped court date after release, records show

    06/23/2015 12:11:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 23, 2015 | William La Jeunesse
    Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant women and children streamed across the U.S. border last year seeking asylum and protected status, claiming a "credible fear" of going home to the violence in Central America. President Obama addressed the crisis through increased border enforcement, more detention beds, more immigration judges and pressure on political leaders in their home countries. But a year later, new data obtained exclusively by Fox News shows the policy isn't stopping the influx. Not only are illegal immigrant women and children continuing to cross the border in large numbers, but the majority charged with crimes aren't even...
  • Sowell: Local or National Elections?

    10/13/2014 9:22:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 14, 20134 | Thomas Sowell
    Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." That may have been true in Tip O'Neill's day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery. In 1860, some abolitionists split the anti-slavery vote by running their own candidate — who had no chance of winning — instead of supporting Abraham Lincoln, who was not pure enough for some abolitionists. Lincoln got just 40 percent of the vote, though that turned out to...
  • Bevin Calls Senate’s ‘Nuclear Option’ Egregious Overreach

    11/21/2013 12:35:18 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 11/21/13
    Matt Bevin condemned the unprecedented power play by Harry Reid in the U.S. Senate today. When the Administration’s D.C. Circuit Court packing was challenged, Harry Reid and liberals in the Senate didn’t just bypass the rules, they eliminated them. Further, Mitch McConnell failed as a leader in this fight to stop the blatant disregard for the rules. Perhaps it is because this DC insider has a long history of voting for the appointment of liberal judges, or because he’s been also had a history of “filibuster flip-floppery.” Whatever the excuse, he is in good company. Meanwhile, Democrat candidate Alison Lundergran...
  • The Democrats’ naked power grab

    11/22/2013 12:47:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    ......Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.), one of just three Democrats who opposed his colleagues’ naked power grab, read those words on the Senate floor Thursday after Reid invoked the nuclear option. The rumpled Levin is not known for his oratory. But he is retiring next year and free to speak his mind — and his words were potent. “We need to change the rules, but to change it in the way we changed it today means there are no rules except as the majority wants them,” Levin said. “This precedent is going to be used, I fear, to change the rules...
  • The Old Senate Was Already Dead - Passing filibuster reform just made it official

    11/22/2013 1:41:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | November 21, 2013 | ohn Dickerson
    "...As Majority Leader Harry Reid orchestrated the change in the rules governing executive nominations and lower-court appointments, his opponents cried tyranny, though they also promised that when they took power they would go further, applying the new standard to Supreme Court nominations. In other words, tyranny—but we promise we'll give you more of it. The new rules fit with that kind of Senate. ...Whoever is ultimately at fault for the rule change—the Democrats who forced it or the Republicans who blocked the nominations requiring the new rules—the result is that the minority will have less power. That means elections will...
  • Republicans provoked 'nuclear option': Our view [Link Only!]

    11/22/2013 1:52:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    USA TODAY | 11/22/13
  • Democrats end Senate tradition, trigger ‘nuclear option’ to ram through Obama’s judicial nominees

    11/22/2013 2:40:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 22, 2013 | Stephen Dinan and Jacqueline Klimas
    Senate Democrats triggered the “nuclear option” Thursday, using a shortcut to undercut the chamber’s filibuster rules and giving President Obama a clear path to stack the federal judiciary with ideological allies. In a tense 52-48 vote, Democrats overturned decades of precedent and reduced the number of votes needed to cut off the filibuster of a nominee from 60 to a simple majority — and in the process tinkering with a tool that has made the Senate unique. Republicans were hinting at retaliation and said the move further poisoned the atmosphere on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat,...
  • How Reid got votes on nuke option

    11/22/2013 3:08:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 22, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    ....Reid clinched support for changing the rules at the weekly Tuesday Senate Democratic caucus lunch. .....Reid, without mentioning the colleague’s name, told his caucus that one of its senior members who had long opposed filibuster reform, recently had a change of mind and privately urged him to trigger the controversial tactic. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) then rose before the room full of Democrats and identified herself as the recent convert. “She got up right afterward and said, ‘He was talking about me,’” said a Democratic senator..... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not know if he had the votes...
  • Al Sharpton just said in reference to changed Senate rules ... (vanity)

    11/21/2013 3:56:11 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 7 replies
    PMSNBC - my eyes | November 21, 2013 | ConservativeInPA
    Ok, I did it. I flipped over to PMSNBC during a commerical. I caught Al Sharpton showing a clip of Rush talking about how Obama can be a dictator due to the Senate rule changes. Sharpton has no problems with the rule changes and yelled (he always yells on his program), "No, Obama is just doing what was elected to do, and elected again to do."