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Sub News Item 9/15/2016 – Texas has a judge problem – not enough on the federal bench
Texas has a problem with judges - mainly that there aren't enough of them on the federal bench. The state has 12 federal judicial openings, the most in the nation, and only five active judges hearing cases in the Eastern District of Texas. read full story

Sub News Item 9/15/2016 – Lucy Koh from South Bay gets Senate panel OK for appeals court
Lucy Koh, who has refereed Silicon Valley wars over patents and employment in six years as a federal judge, moved a step closer to a federal appeals court seat Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 9/14/2016 – Dem senator wants to change nomination rules amid Garland fight
Sen. Tom Udall is proposing changing the Senate rules for voting on judicial nominations, as Democrats double down on an entrenched fight over confirming Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. read full story

Sub News Item 9/7/2016 – Richard Blumenthal: GOP ‘destroying’ supreme court with nomination limbo
A former supreme court law clerk turned US senator warned on Wednesday that Republicans are “aiding and abetting in the destruction of the United States supreme court and the rule of law”. read full story

Sub News Item 9/6/2016 – Barack Obama Just Nominated A Muslim To Be A Federal Judge. That’s A First.
President Barack Obama made history on Tuesday by nominating the first Muslim person to the federal judiciary, Abid Qureshi. read full story

Sub News Item 9/6/2016 – Remember Merrick Garland? Supreme Court nominee waits (and waits)
A relaxed Merrick Garland dispensed some advice last month to a roomful of Harvard Law students eager to hear about his journey from litigator to federal prosecutor to top judge on one of the most powerful appellate courts in the country. read full story

Sub News Item 8/20/2016 – Ginsburg: Short-handed Supreme Court ‘not good enough’
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says eight justices on the court is "not good enough" to handle crucial judicial questions that must be resolved soon. read full story

Sub News Item 8/30/2016 – Grassley hints at Supreme Court confirmation hearing in lame duck
Senate Republicans could relent on their hard-line stance in opposition to granting Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a confirmation hearing this year, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Monday. read full story

Sub News Item 8/9/2016 – Fill Supreme Court vacancy: Our view
Seven years ago, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court, 74 days after her nomination by President Obama. Less than a year later, Elena Kagan took her seat on the court, 89 days after being nominated. read full story

Sub News Item 8/9/2016 – End the outrageous delay on Garland’s nomination
It has been almost six months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, and almost five months since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the widely respected and centrist chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to succeed him. read full story

Sub News Item 8/8/2016 – Did Obama win the judicial wars?
President Barack Obama was fired up. He had just revealed his Supreme Court nominee in the Rose Garden, and as he began his next meeting with progressive legal activists in the Roosevelt Room, he couldn’t stop rhapsodizing about his choice to cap his judicial legacy. read full story

Sub News Item 7/23/2016 – Beatty’s nomination to be a SC federal judge is stalled
Last February, Obama nominated Spartanburg attorney Don Coggins and Beatty to prestigious federal judgeships in South Carolina. There are currently two vacancies, created by the moves to semi-retired status of U.S. Judges Joe Anderson and Cameron McGowen Currie. read full story

Sub News Item 7/14/2016 – Senate Judiciary approves Judge Nye for Idaho federal judge; Crapo, Risch hoping for full Senate vote in Sept.
Idaho Judge David Nye won unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning to confirm his nomination to be Idaho’s next U.S. district judge. He and two other judicial nominees were approved on a voice vote, without discussion. read full story

Sub News Item 7/13/2016 – Senate has confirmed enough judges, Tillis says
U.S. Senate Democrats tried to push 16 judicial nominees to confirmation this afternoon but were denied by North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis. read full story

Sub News Item 7/14/2016 – McConnell’s historic judge blockade
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland may be the most prominent casualty of the GOP-controlled Senate’s election-year resistance on the federal judiciary — but the pace of overall judicial confirmations under Mitch McConnell is on track to become the slowest in more than 60 years. read full story

Sub News Item 7/12/2016 – Senate Panel to Hold 9th Circuit Confirmation Hearing for Judge Lucy Koh
Lucy Koh, a San Jose federal judge who has ruled on some of Silicon Valley’s most important legal battles in recent years, could make history if the Senate confirms her nomination to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. read full story

Sub News Item 7/6/2016 – Senate confirms Superior Court judge from Bergen County to federal court
More than a year after President Obama nominated him, the Senate confirmed state Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti of Cliffside Park on Wednesday to be a U.S. District Court judge. read full story

Sub News Item 6/21/2016 – American Bar Association: Garland ‘well qualified’ for Supreme Court
"The Standing Committee unanimously concluded that Judge Garland merits our highest rating and is 'Well Qualified' for appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States," said Karol Corbin Walker, chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. read full story

Sub News Item 6/16/2016 – Senate panel advances Schott to federal appeals court
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the nomination of Wisconsin lawyer Donald Schott to fill the longest judicial vacancy of its kind. read full story

Sub News Item 6/5/2016 – Waiting for next president, confirmations of federal trial judges stall
An exodus of older judges has created a spike in vacancies at federal trial courts nationwide, intensifying complaints that election-year fights over ideological control of the bench now extend to lower-court appointments. read full story

Sub News Item 6/2/2016 – The Supreme Court is taking far fewer cases than usual. Here’s why.
How does an eight-member Supreme Court differ from one with the full complement of nine justices? So far this year, we’ve seen an important case — Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association — deadlocked, leaving the appeals court decision in place. read full story

Sub News Item 6/1/2016 – Lawyer for George W. Bush critical of Grassley’s stand on Supreme Court opening
A man who served as President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer is blasting Senator Chuck Grassley for refusing to even have a hearing for President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 5/26/2016 – Eight ‘is not a good number’ for the Supreme Court, Ginsburg says
Her colleagues may be maintaining a stiff upper lip, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that the Supreme Court is being hurt by having only eight justices. read full story

Sub News Item 5/23/2016 – Texas Has Nation’s Highest Number Of Judicial Vacancies In Federal Courts
Texas is currently the state with the highest number of judicial vacancies in federal courts and the situation is slowing down the justice system in the state. Texas has 12 vacancies, 10 of them in district courts and the other two in circuit courts. read full story

Sub News Item 5/16/2016 – How a Vacancy on the Supreme Court Affects Cases in the 2015-16 Term
The empty seat left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, which Senate Republicans have vowed not to fill until after the election, leaves the court with two basic options for cases on the docket this term if the justices are deadlocked at 4 to 4. One is an automatic affirmance of the lower court decision. The other is setting the case aside for re-argument in the term that starts in October in the hope that it will be decided by a full court. read full story

Sub News Item 5/16/2016 – It’s Not Just Merrick Garland: Republicans Are Blocking So Many Nominees It’s Caused a Judicial Emergency
It’s not just Merrick Garland—this Senate isn’t confirming anybody. That’s the takeaway from a variety of new data that has emerged in the wake of the Garland stalemate, showing that his non-confirmation (and non-hearing) is the rule, rather than the exception, for the Republican-led Senate. read full story

Sub News Item 5/10/2016 – No News Is No News
The only experience more absurd these days than trying to actually be Merrick Garland —dutifully attending courtesy meetings that lack any meaningful courtesy and painfully enduring what is surely the most insulting nonconfirmation season in American history—is trying, as a journalist, to cover Merrick Garland and his stalled nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 5/10/2016 – Schatz Meets With Merrick Garland
It’s now been 55 days since President Obama selected someone to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, and still Senate Republicans are refusing to hear and vote on Merrick Garland. read full story

Sub News Item 5/10/2016 – Durbin visits SIUC stumping support of Supreme Court nominee Garland
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court during a visit to the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Law last week. read full story

Sub News Item 5/11/2016 – Markey to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is planning to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The Massachusetts Democrat will sit down with Garland for an afternoon talk Wednesday in Markey’s Washington office. read full story

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