Bill Proposes 50 New Federal Judgeships for Next President

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Up to 50 lifetime appointments to the Federal judiciary may be at stake immediately in the race for the White House if this law passes:  

The Federal Judgeship Act of 2008, sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is aimed at easing judges’ caseloads in federal courts.

The measure would add 12 permanent seats to U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and 38 permanent seats to U.S. District Courts across the country. It would also make five temporary judgeships – one each in Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico – permanent. It would also put two temporary seats in the Ninth Circuit and 14 temporary district court seats around the country. It would take effect the day after the next president is inaugurated.  Full Article

Now, I understand that the Federal dockets are cramped, but that’s nothing new.  I just don’t recall the Senate being very interested in this problem during the Bush presidency.  Hmmmmm.   Maybe conservatives can look forward to McCain winning this election, or we can thank the good Senator for having enough sense and foresight (remember the Gang of 14?) to preserve the Senate’s privilege to filibuster possible liberal, living-Constitution nominee types in the unfortunate event that he lose this election.

Earlier Post: Conservatives, “It’s About the Justices Stupid” 

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2 comments so far

  1. mrpinkeyes on

    As you know, I am not a fan of John McCain, but I have to say you make an interesting argument on the gang of 14. Perhaps McCain would be able to filibuster liberal nominations to the courts if he loses. Maybe I have been too hard on him on this issue.

  2. totaltransformation on

    “is aimed at easing judges’ caseloads in federal courts.”

    That is what FDR claimed when he tried to pack the courts back in the 30s.

    Am I wrong, or do the Liberal Democrats always seem to make their biggest bet on the judiciary to make inroads in our culture, rather than defend their views in the free-marketplace of ideas?


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