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  •  Generally speaking, it is often 4 - 4 already, but (1+ / 0-)
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    Kennedy is usually the one who can be swayed one way or another.

    Lately, though, he has shown a lot of fondness for Roberts and the decisions have been decidedly conservative.

    At the same time, anyone who thinks that judicial appointments are vitally important should ask why this administration doesn't have a full line-up of judges nominated for openings which exist.

    Obama, like Clinton before him, didn't put a lot of emphasis or time into making sure the federal benches were filled, while Republican presidents shift into overtime to insure they can appoint as many as possible.  I don't understand why that is....

    Does anyone?

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri May 09, 2014 at 10:02:48 AM PDT

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    •  Linky, for those who are curious: (0+ / 0-)
      There are currently 77 vacancies on the federal district and appellate courts.[1]  With over 850 authorized judicial seats, this represents a nine percent vacancy rate.  This alarmingly high vacancy rate has persisted for over four years; indeed, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service recently determined that we are in the longest period of historically high vacancy rates in 35 years.[2]  In addition, over 44 percent of the existing vacancies (34) are in courts so overburdened that they have been designated "judicial emergencies" by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. [3]  Millions of people live in jurisdictions with judicial emergencies.[4]
      Obama administration shifts into higher gear this year... what were they doing the last five years when the courts were just as important?

      Judicial vacancies.   Administration needs to get to work:  77 vacancies, only 40 nominated.  Barely over 50%.  Why aren't there 77 nominees???

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Fri May 09, 2014 at 10:09:14 AM PDT

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