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Sun Sep 14, 2014, 12:01 AM

Lasting Obama Legacy in the Courts

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/us/politics/building-legacy-obama-reshapes-appellate-bench.html?_r=0
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WASHINGTON — Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy.

For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees.

Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only one of those courts had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat.

Good news that is little known.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 12:28 AM

1. Good! This should have happened years ago, as soon as the Republicans

made it clear that they would deliberately block all of Obama's judicial appointments.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 12:56 AM

2. Great news. Thanks, karios12.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 01:13 AM

4. Somebody ought to send Michael Moore a memo.

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Response to Cha (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 01:19 AM

6. LOL! Call the media. Oops, they're still playing, 'I know nothink!'

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 01:25 AM

7. Less than Nothink!..

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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 01:27 AM

8. We need a fuck face smiley to use at DU. Guess it's gif time:



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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 07:06 AM

9. He is a poisonous toad.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 01:13 AM

3. "Lasting Obama Legacy in the Courts".. good to know, kairos! I always see so much

about "Obama's done nothing.. or maybe he'll be remembered for Health care.. maybe".

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 01:15 AM

5. Most of them are former insurance defense attorneys, some socially liberal unless you are a

Plaintiff in a civil suit for injuries from a corporation.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 07:34 AM

10. KnR

Good news, kairos12, thank you.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 11:36 AM

11. unfortunately, the one that counts is still under repuglikkan/corporate control....

Until Fat Tony and Chief Injustice Johnny croak, we will essentially be under GOPeee rule from the bench.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 04:24 PM

12. There is a high turnover in the federal courts.

The salaries are low compared to the private sector and many judges work for a while and then go private because any law firm would like a former federal judge as partner. Bush had a "lasting legacy" until Obama came along. Obama will have a "lasting legacy" until the next President comes along.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Sun Sep 14, 2014, 09:20 PM

13. that is good news if only he had taken over the SCOTUS too.

 

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