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Politics, gardening, making home-made bread and pasta. Enjoy Everything Italian: the language, film, books, culture, art. Favorite places: Rome, Naples, and Palermo. I was born a Yankee, but have lived the majority of my life as a Southerner I am a proud LIBERAL Democrat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVdz985HTJk

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Supreme Court Cases For Dummies: US History Review - VIDEO

Pretty neat little video.

Someone probably should have sent it to Sarah Palin before she was asked about Supreme Court cases during one of the debates - LOL

A Chart below


Regarding the Federal Courts of Appeals

As of June 1st there are currently 16 vacant seats in the Federal Courts of Appeals

Circuit - Republican/Democrat/Vacancy

1st - 2 / 3 / 1

2nd - 5 / 8 / 0

3rd - 6 / 8 / 0

4th - 5 / 10 / 0

5th - 10 / 5 / 2

6th - 10 / 6 / 0

7th - 7 / 3 / 1

8th - 8 / 3 / 0

9th - 9 / 18 / 2

10th - 5 / 4 / 3 (nominations pending in Senate: 2)

11th - 4 / 6 / 2 (nominations pending in Senate: 1)

DC - 4 / 4 / 3 (President Obama will nominate three Tues, 10:15 am ET)

Federal - 5 / 5 / 2 (nominations pending in Senate: 2)



Note regarding the First Circuit:
Judge Michael Boudin took senior status on June 1, 2013 leaving one seat vacant - thus leaving the Democrats with the majority of ‘active’ judicial seats on the First Circuit.

The numbers up above do not include the semi-retired judges that continue to serve on senior status and hear cases from time to time.
Regarding only the senior status judges: 11 of the circuits have a Republican majority and 2 of the circuits have a Democratic majority.

Eric Holder's sister-in-law was Vivian Malone Jones

Malone registering for classes at University of Alabama

Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision regarding the case called Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, in which the plaintiffs charged that the education of black children in separate public schools from their white counterparts was unconstitutional.

Brown v. Board of Education meant that the University of Alabama had to be desegregated. In the years following, hundreds of African-Americans applied for admission, but all were denied. The University worked with police to find any disqualifying qualities, or when this failed, intimidated the applicants. But in 1963, three African-Americans with perfect qualifications—Vivian Malone Jones, Dave McGlathery and James Hood—applied, refusing to be intimidated. In early June a federal district judge ordered that they be admitted,[3] and forbade Governor Wallace from interfering

On June 11, Vivian Malone and James Hood arrived to register. Wallace, attempting to uphold his promise as well as for political show,[4] blocked the entrance to Foster Auditorium with the media watching. Then, flanked by federal marshals, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach told Wallace to step aside.[5][1] However, Wallace cut Katzenbach off and refused, giving a speech on States' rights.[4] Katzenbach called President John F. Kennedy, who federalized the Alabama National Guard. General Henry Graham then commanded Wallace to step aside, saying, "Sir, it is my sad duty to ask you to step aside under the orders of the President of the United States." Wallace then spoke further, but eventually moved, and Malone and Hood registered as students.


Vivian Juanita Malone Jones (July 15, 1942, in Mobile, Alabama – October 13, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia) was an African-American woman, one of the first two African Americans to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963 and the university's first African American graduate. She was made famous when Alabama Governor George Wallace blocked them from enrolling at the all-white university


Eric Holder is married to Dr. Sharon Malone, an obstetrician; the couple has three children. Malone's sister was Vivian Malone Jones, famous for her part in the [link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_in_the_Schoolhouse_Door |Stand in the Schoolhouse Door] which led to integration at the University of Alabama...


In 1963, Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully integrated the University of Alabama. In 2003, 40 years after the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door, Malone talked about the experience.

James Alexander Hood: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hood

Poll: Who would YOU like President Obama's next pick for the Supreme Court to be?

Long list of candidates mentioned in the past here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_Supreme_Court_candidates

Article from 2012 with a list of possibilities here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/30/politics/court-obama-list/index.html

UPDATE: A new article from May 2013 with additional possibilities (some not on the below poll) here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/05/23/2044771/ten-potential-democratic-supreme-court-nominees-who-arent-named-sri-srinivasan/
(Jane Kelly, Alison Nathan, Deval Patrick, Pam Karlan, Paul Smith, Neal Katyal, Tom Perez)

Kathryn Ruemmler, born 1971, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathryn_Ruemmler
Goodwin Liu, born 1970, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodwin_Liu
Sri Srinivasan, born 1967, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Srinivasan
Paul Watford, born 1967, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Watford
Caitlin Halligan, born 1966 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caitlin_Halligan
Kamala Harris, born 1964, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris
Lisa Madigan, born 1966, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Madigan
Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen, born 1965, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Hong-Ngoc_Nguyen
Harold Hongju Koh, born 1954, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Hongju_Koh

Poll below...

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