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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

Sub News Item 5/9/2016 – GOP Senator: If We Lose In November, We Should Confirm Merrick Garland
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November, Republicans should hurry up and confirm President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. read full story

Sub News Item 5/9/2016 – Merrick Garland to send unsolicited questionnaire to Senate panel
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland plans to submit a questionnaire describing his background and work history to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, even though the panel's chairman hasn't asked for one and has said the committee doesn't plan to act on Garland's nomination, a White House spokesman said. read full story

Sub News Item 5/6/2016 – Ex-SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens On Garland: ‘Go Ahead And Hold A Hearing’
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired from the court in 2010, said Thursday that the Senate should “go ahead and hold a hearing” for President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland. read full story

Sub News Item 5/6/2016 – Ron Johnson to meet with Merrick Garland early next week
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is expected to meet early next week with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, according to those familiar with the process.But the Republican from Oshkosh said Friday that the American people should be in charge of the nomination through their votes in November — effectively leaving it to a new president to name a new justice. read full story

Sub News Item 5/5/2016 – Grassley Pressed On Made-Up ‘Biden Rule': ‘We Don’t Have A Written Rule’
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) struggled to explain the so-called "Biden rule," when pressed by a progressive activist at a Iowa town hall. read full story

Sub News Item 5/6/2016 – Senate Republicans Are Breaking Records for Judicial Obstruction
There's a growing judicial crisis created by Senate Republicans, and it's not the one that's been making headlines. While Democrats have publicly hammered the GOP's refusal to consider Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, Republicans have mounted an equally important, if quieter, effort to block President Barack Obama's nominees to other federal courts, creating widespread vacancies in courts across the country. read full story

Sub News Item 5/5/2016 – Congress Mitch McConnell’s Senate is confirming very, very few presidential nominees
Since taking the reins of the Senate last year, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has striven to portray the upper house as “working again” under his Republican majority after years of partisan gridlock — passing major legislation on transportation, Medicare, drug abuse and more. read full story

Sub News Item 5/4/2016 – Supreme Court nomination stalemate could have dire consequences, experts say
It's been 80 days since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died and 49 days since President Barack Obama nominated Washington D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland as his replacement. read full story

Sub News Item 5/3/2016 – Jacksonville magistrate judge appears highly qualified; confirmation to district judgeship appears unlikely
Patricia Barksdale’s qualifications to be a U.S. district judge in the Middle District of Florida appear to be excellent although her chances of actually getting confirmed to the position appear to be very poor, at least in 2016. read full story

Sub News Item 5/3/2016 – Vacancies on bench cause concern
John Paul Stevens doesn’t expect to see the highest court in the land up to full strength any time soon. In Chicago on Monday night, the retired U.S. Supreme Court justice predicted the vacancy created by Antonin G. Scalia’s death will not be filled until after President Barack Obama leaves the White House. read full story

Sub News Item 4/28/2016 – Burr vows to block Obama nomination to NC federal court seat
Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a former state Supreme Court justice and vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, was nominated by the president on Thursday to fill a vacancy on the federal court bench in Eastern North Carolina. read full story

Sub News Item 4/27/2016 – Coburn says Senate should do its job and vote on Garland
Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said Wednesday that the Senate should hold a vote, at least in the Judiciary Committee, on the nomination of federal judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 4/26/2016 – GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees
Senate Republicans blocked a slate of President Obama's lower court nominees Tuesday. Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent four times to bring up a total of 11 judicial nominations Tuesday, arguing that the pace of confirmation votes has created a backlog. read full story

Sub News Item 4/26/2016 – Three more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will sit down with three more Republican senators this week, as Democrats continue to press his nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 4/14/2016 – Even Ken Starr Thinks Mitch McConnell Should Allow A Vote On SCOTUS Nominee
Ken Starr, the former Reagan administration appeals court judge who spent years investigating Bill and Hillary Clinton, thinks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should hold hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama’s choice to succeed Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. read full story

Sub News Item 4/12/2016 – Idaho joins long wait list as Senate fails to act on judicial nominees
At 82, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge is ready to call it quits, retiring as the longest-serving jurist in Idaho history. He got some good news last week, when President Barack Obama nominated his successor, Judge David Nye of Pocatello, ending a long search that began when Lodge announced his retirement in September of 2014. read full story

Sub News Item 4/12/2016 – Former Bar Association Leaders Slam GOP on Garland
Three former American Bar Association presidents Tuesday accused Senate Republicans of shirking their constitutional duty by not considering Supreme Court hopeful Merrick Garland's nomination even as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee reiterated the GOP has no plans to take up the jurist's candidacy. read full story

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