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Lodato, Ray (MC1984):
Would you consider including this in the next Jasper Jottings?
[JR: Sure. Saved me the trouble of finding it in order to “collect” it!]
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September 17, 2014, 04:00 pm
Senate’s unfinished business: Fill judicial vacancies
By Raymond M. Lodato
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The Senate has one week until it adjourns for its pre-election recess. While several bills are making their way through the upper house, the arena in which it can have the most impact is in confirming President Obama’s judicial nominees. So far this year, the upper house has filled 68 vacancies on the Federal bench, more than in all of 2013. However, even with the increased pace, 60 vacancies remain on Federal district and appellate benches.
Each vacancy in the Federal courts increases the burden on active and senior judges (who work a reduced number of cases in semi-retirement) and delays the administration of justice for individuals, businesses, and non-profit groups seeking resolution of their claims. Nearly two dozen of the vacancies have been classified as “judicial emergencies” because of the length of time they have been unfilled and the number of cases in their jurisdictions.
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If the Senate confirms these 25 nominees by December (a best-case scenario, to be sure), it has an opportunity to significantly reduce the number of Federal courts saddled with an insufficient number of judges to handle heavy caseloads. Should the Senate end 2014 with less than 50 vacancies, it will be the lowest total of the Obama presidency, ensuring that more Americans have access to timely consideration of their cases in Federal courts.
Lodato, Ph.D., is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago.
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[JR: “We, The Sheeple” screwed up when we passed the 17th Amendment for the direct election of Senators. The State Legislatures would have never stood for this non-sense. The House was for the rabble. The Senate was for the States. Argh! Dead Old White Guys must be rolling over. “Justice delayed is justice denied”? Thanks for the fodder. Hope everyone hits it and runs up “your score”.]
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