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Sun Jul 15, 2012, 09:35 PM

Ninth U.S. court cancels 2013 conference

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Under pressure from Republican senators over its upcoming conference in Hawaii, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has canceled next year's scheduled meeting in Monterey, citing budget constraints.

The court, which covers California and eight other Western states, has held annual meetings of judges, lawyers and staff since 1944, with three of the last 10 meetings in Hawaii. Long a target of Republican criticism for its liberal rulings, the court has come under attack from Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama for scheduling next month's conference in Maui.

Citing the $1 million-plus travel cost of the last Maui conference in 2010 and the availability to conferees of such activities as sport fishing and snorkeling, the senators have repeatedly called on the court to cancel the conference or scale it back. In reply, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, an appointee of Republican President Ronald Reagan, has described the conference as an important educational gathering and said the accommodations cost less than many similarly sized hotels on the mainland.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ninth-U-S-court-cancels-2013-conference-3708614.php

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Sun Jul 15, 2012, 09:37 PM

1. So they should meet in San Francisco then.

I am assuming that there is actual WORK to be done.

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Sun Jul 15, 2012, 10:09 PM

2. Go to Las Vegas. And thanks guys -- love your work. n/t

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Mon Jul 16, 2012, 05:13 AM

3. Then Congress needs to

eliminate it's own off site meetings as well. If the court doesn't need them neither do these GOP Congressmen.

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