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May 28, 2013



How is it wrong that three nominees are proposed for three vacant seats? I think it's overdue.

The number of seats on the court is set by law. The president's entitlement to nominate judges who are liberal is set by the Constitution. (Yes, I would hope they're "liberal" enough in the classic sense to put judicial principle over party politics; but most judges are. Even the SCOTUS is unanimous 1/3 to 1/2 of the time.)

Obama's critics often claim he's derelict in some duty or other. What duty could be more clear than to fill vacancies that the law says exist, and that the Constitution says it's his duty to fill? I think the biggest reason so many vacancies accumulated is that Obama was trying too hard to pander to GOP prejudices as the 2012 elections approached. That must end.

The same people who fault the idea of staffing the D.C. Circuit would eagerly support a Republican president in doing it. If any of them wonder why they're encountering deaf ears, that's why: they've shot their own credibility in the foot.


The possible appointees are all liberal and support Obama's agendas. Right now, the country is seeing the corruption come to light and is beginning to turn against much of the administration's agenda. The Republicans should oppose nominees who are more "political" than "judicial" appointees, as all of these are. Sri was a good appointment and there are plenty of good ones out there.


Three more nominees for the DC Circuit would be more meaningful if Obama got around to naming nominees for all of the existing judicial emergencies (which would also require the Senators from the states where the courts reside doing their job in recommending nominees). While filling the DC Circuit vacancies is important, it has sufficient judges to carry out its workload for the time being; filling the judicial emergencies, by definition, is much more important.


This really isn't even an issue, President Obama, like the presidents before him, won their election(s) and are afforded the privilege of nominating people to the DC Circuit, as well as every other Circuit & District Court...

You don't need to be Steve McGarrett of Hawaii 5-0 to figure Republicans out - their view of DC Circuit Court openings is 100% based on results of the election, IE: when the Democratic candiate wins, the caseload is small and no more judges are needed on the DC Circuit....If the Republican candiate wins, well, these openings need to be filled yesterday no ifs, ands, or buts about it..It is the GOP's presidents constitutional duty to fill any and all court openings...


I am glad to see that the administration is close to finally nominating individuals to this important court. All four individuals mentioned appear very qualified and I am sure would make exceptional judges, as would have Caitlin Halligan.
To the commenter who mentioned the court is under-worked, I can only reiterate a point made by numerous others that you must consider taking into account the complexity and time consuming nature of the types of cases heard by the D.C. Circuit. Additionally, a 12th seat was previously eliminated in 2009.
One final thought, is anyway considering Leondra Kruger, of the Solicitor General's Office, for this vacancy? She is younger, but seems to be a rising star.


The president can nominate all the folks he wants for what are questionable vacancies on an underworked court, even as the budgets of other courts around the country are stretched thin. But he got Sri confirmed, and that's all he's going to get on the D.C. Circuit.

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