Obama has a judge problem

GR2009101600559Only three of the president’s 23 nominations for federal judgeships have been confirmed.  Not only are his nominations not being confirmed, but he is slacking on making nominations.  In the same period that Obama has named 23 nominees, President George W. Bush forwarded 95. Caseloads are beginning to clog the federal judicial system, with 10 percent of judicial seats remaining vacant in appeals and district courts.

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4 responses to “Obama has a judge problem

  1. From this article http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20081109/ai_n30997713/ Dated November 9, 2008. What’s he waiting on? Doesn’t he have a czar or three scoping out Judges and making recommendations to him?

    WASHINGTON — President-elect Obama will enter office with an immediate opportunity to begin shaping the federal courts by filling four dozen openings on trial and appeals courts.

    Federal judges, with lifetime appointments, can be a president’s most enduring legacy. President Bush receives uniformly high marks from Republicans, even those who criticized him on other issues, for his selection of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Public attention typically is focused on the Supreme Court, where five justices are older than 70. Speculation about a possible opening centers on 88-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens, but any retirement is unlikely before the summer, if then.

    By contrast, 14 seats are open on appeals courts or will be by the end of January. Democratic appointees are a majority on only one of the 13 federal appeals courts, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    These are the courts that as a practical matter have the final say on everyday issues that affect millions of people because the Supreme Court accepts less than 2 percent of the cases appealed to the justices.

    “Most of the action is in the lower courts, from labor and employment law to civil rights to punitive damages to affirmative action and how the death penalty is administered,” said Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington.

    The traditionally conservative 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Va., is the first court on which Obama can change the balance of power quickly. It has four openings and is divided now between five judges appointed by Republican presidents and five named by Democrat Bill Clinton.

    • jammer5

      I really would like to see him respond to the fact he controls both the house and senate, and use it to his advantage. So far, he’s acting like he’s got eggshells under his feet. He needs to use his power before he loses it if the balance of power changes. Quit wimping out and do your job, Obama.

  2. Do you think he is a perfectionist? I mean the kind of person who wants to get it done ‘right’ and can’t ever achieve their own idea of what that is.

    I did some reading and there are lawyers and judges lining up for empty positions.

    These judgeships are every president’s legacy. You know bush the lesser stacked the decks, and there is great need of making some changes to the imbalance of power.

  3. There is at least one vacancy that I know of right here in the 10th District Courts. Maybe more. And, I can tell you there is a backlog. A backlog means serious crooks aren’t being brought to justice.