Judiciary

Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary

Phillip Rucker and Robert Barnes, Washington Post

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.

Constitutional Rights and Wrongs

David Corbin and Matt Parks, The Federalist

SCOTUS agreed to take up the two constitutional questions at the heart of the contemporary gay marriage debate. Court politics must be guided by constitutional definitions, not polls or power-plays. Congress can still act in ways that encourage responsible judicial behavior, if it wishes. 

Our Judicial Dictatorship

Patrick Buchanan, Buchanan.org

How, in little more than half a century, did the American people fall under the rule of a judicial dictatorship where judges and justices twist phrases in the Constitution to impose their alien ideology on this once-free people?

Changing the Rules, Changing America: The Senate and Judicial Supremacy

Over the past 60 years, liberals have stealthily and intermittently begun confirming radical activists to the courts, consistently using Senate procedure to shut conservatives out of the federal nomination process while creating the illusion that they are filibustering. The result: liberal judges who legislate from the bench. Call your Senator now and urge him to oppose Obama's 9th Circuit Court nomination, Michelle Friedland.

Dem's War on Judicial Independence

Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call

Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D) may change how his committee handles nominations after R's created a procedural blockade in response to Reid's nuclear option move. Sen. Grassley noted, “Nominations are going to be given added scrutiny."