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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:23 AM
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Obama's Federal Appointments Are Expected To Reshape the U.S. Legal Landscape
The Politics of the Federal Bench
Obama's Appointments Are Expected To Reshape the U.S. Legal Landscape

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 8, 2008; Page A01


The federal judiciary is on the verge of a major shift when President-elect Barack Obama's nominees take control of several of the nation's most important appellate courts, legal scholars and political activists say. With the Supreme Court's conservative direction unlikely to change anytime soon, it is the lower courts -- which dispense almost all federal justice -- where Obama can assert his greatest influence.

The change will be most striking on the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, long a conservative bastion and an influential voice on national security cases, where four vacancies will lead to a clear Democratic majority. Democrats are expected to soon gain a narrower plurality on the New York-based 2nd Circuit, vital for business and terrorism cases, a more even split on the influential D.C. appeals court and control of the 3rd Circuit, which covers Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Although Republican control will probably persist on a majority of appellate courts for at least several years, some experts say that by the end of Obama's term, he and the Democratic Congress will flip the 56 percent majority Republican nominees now exert over those highly influential bodies.

"Obama has a huge opportunity," said Arthur Hellman, a University of Pittsburgh law professor who is an authority on federal courts. "In a very short time, significant segments of the appellate courts, which are the final authority in all but a tiny handful of cases, will be dominated by Democratic nominees."

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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:24 AM
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1. That's very heartening.
This will be good news for us who are pro-choice. And pro gay rights.

And pro Constitution.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:25 AM
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3. This is the biggest reason I'm grateful PE Obama won. His selections
will impact a decade or two, in a good way.
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grannie4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:25 AM
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2. yes! finally a president for the people!!!!
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