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Judicial Vacancies

Jennifer Bendery

Here's A Look At The Most Ridiculously Long Judicial Vacancies The Senate Still Hasn't Filled | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will do something next week that it hasn't done all year: confirm a judicial nominee. Despite talk when they took charge o...

When Going Nuclear Makes Sense

Doug Kendall | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The invocation of the nuclear option last November addressed a real problem with the functioning of the Senate, paved the way for a new generation of insightful legal minds to join the ranks of the federal judiciary, and has allowed the president to address the nation's judicial vacancy crisis by accelerating the pace of confirmations. We are all better off for it.

Jennifer Bendery

Judges Describe Toll Of Court Vacancies: Burnout, Delays, Pressure To Plead Guilty | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal judicial vacancies are causing unsustainable courtroom delays, resulting in evidence going stale, witnesses dying before they ca...

Filibuster Reform Shrinking Judicial Vacancies

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months after curbing filibusters, Democrats are aggressively pushing President Barack Obama's judicial nominees through the ...

Most Voters Think The Supreme Court Treats Corporations Better Than People

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

American voters are broadly unhappy with the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a poll released Tuesday. The survey, conducted by Democratic pollster Th...

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Still Find Ways To Stall Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats made it a lot easier for President Barack Obama to get his judicial nominees confirmed when they nixed the filibuster a...

Jennifer Bendery

District Court Vacancies Under Obama So High They're 'Breaking Historic Patterns,' Report Finds | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vacancies at district courts are so high right now that they're "breaking with historical patterns" and burdening the judicial system li...

Filibuster Reform Reminds Us That the Real Scandal Hurting the Country Right Now Isn't in the Executive Branch

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in the Senate are abusing the filibuster to keep jobs -- in both the executive and judicial branches -- unfilled while sitting idly by and letting economic growth take a hit in the name of ideology.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Confirms Key Obama Nominee As Filibuster Fight Looms | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed key Obama nominee Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a vote that comes am...

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Senator Gripes About Judicial Nomination Process He's Blocking | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) ranted Thursday that President Barack Obama hasn't put forward judicial nominees for vacancies in Texas, some...

Senate Confirms Judge For Appeals Court

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed New Jersey judge Patty Shwartz to serve on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, giving her a life...

Reid Threatens To Use 'Nuclear Option' On Judicial Nominations

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that he will consider enacting the so-called "nuclear option," or changing Senate rules by a si...

Jennifer Bendery

Judicial Vacancies Skyrocket During President Obama's First Term | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama winds down his first term in office, he won't be looking back with pride at his record on reducing federal ju...

Group Secretly Rating Obama Nominees Shrinks Number Of Women, Minorities For Judgeships

New York Times | Charlie Savage | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Bar Association has secretly declared a significant number of President Obama's potential judicial nominees "not qualified,...

A Call for Transparency: Illinois Judicial Vacancies Should Be Made Public

Katy Welter | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Illinois alone empowers its Supreme Court with absolute authority to fill judicial vacancies. Given that it grants one nominating body sole discretion over these appointments, transparency is especially important.