Thursday, August 30, 2018

Here Come De Conservative Judges - 7

Alt Righty then ...
This series began on March 16, 2009.

It still tells a true story nine years later:
Trump’s appointments, according to interviews with experts and 5th Circuit practitioners, have begun to shift an already right-leaning court toward a more monolithic brand of conservatism. These are judges, experts say, whose views are less hidden and whose outcomes are easier to predict. Compared with their colleagues appointed by other Republican presidents, their philosophies are less idiosyncratic; so far, they have seldom surprised. And as their numbers swell, the 5th Circuit is teetering toward a tipping point — one that might, in the next close vote, mark a monumental shift on a political issue that divides the country.

“Anybody out there that runs a group that litigates will notice that vote and is going to be thinking about it,” said David Coale, an appellate lawyer who frequently appears before the 5th Circuit. “It isn’t just that they’re conservative, though they are conservative. They’re waving a big flag.”

“A rightward push”
(Trump-appointed judges are shifting the country’s most politically conservative circuit court further to the right).

And this Dredd Blog series still begs the question: Why have democratic senators gone with the flow (Invertebrate Chuck Schumer Makes Deal To Fast-Track Trump Judicial Nominees) ?

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.


  1. The American Bar Association late Thursday called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay a confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation can be completed into several claims of sexual misconduct.

    “We make this request because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law,” reads the letter, a copy of which was obtained by HuffPost. “The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI.”


  2. "Senate confirms 13 Trump judges ahead of August break" (link)