What our President has done in transforming the Judicial Courts is absolutely amazing!
As of today, our President has had 123 federal judges confirmed to lifetime appointments.
The other great news is that as of today, there are still 131 vacancies.
The breakdown is as follows:
- US Court of Appeals – 5 vacancies with 2 nominees pending
- US District Court – 113 vacancies with 54 nominees pending
- US Court of International Trade – 4 vacancies with 2 nominees pending
- US Court of Federal Claims – 9 vacancies with 2 nominees pending
- TOTAL ALL COURTS (listed above) – 131 vacancies with 60 nominees pending
Once those 131 vacancies are filled, our President will have 254 total lifetime appointments out of 890 total seats (28.5%).
The great news is that the total can only go up whenever a current sitting judge takes senior status or regrettably passes away.
The decision that came out of the Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit today shows just how important the courts are to the future of our country.
From the article linked above:
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the fractured opinion for the majority.
The High Court ruled the Peace Cross “has become a prominent community landmark, and its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of a hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions.”
And contrary to respondents’ intimations, there is no evidence of discriminatory intent in the selection of the design of the memorial or the decision of a Maryland commission to maintain it. The Religion Clause of the Constitution aim to foster a society in which people of all beliefs can live together harmoniously, and the presence of the Bladensburg Cross on the land where it has stood for so many years is fully consistent with that aim.”
Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, an appointee of President Donald Trump, further wrote that there should be no standing to sue for people who are offended by the presence of religious symbols. Justice Clarence Thomas joined Justice Gorsuch.
Justice Kavanaugh wrote a separate concurring opinion. Justice Gorsuch and Thomas concurred with him.
Justice Kavanaugh basically shreds the activist ruling Lemon v. Kurtzman and attacks judicial activism, stating that the court is not the only recourse for those seeking change.
From the article linked above:
Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Trump administration’s request to lift national injunctions ordered by lower federal courts in Oregon and Washington state, as well as a statewide injunction in California.
As Politico reports: A three-judge panel said the administration will likely prevail in the legal battle over the Title X family planning program since similar Reagan-era rules were upheld by the Supreme Court almost 30 years ago.
“Absent a stay, HHS will be forced to allow taxpayer dollars to be spent in a manner that it has concluded violates the law, as well as the Government’s important policy interest in ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not go to fund or subsidize abortions,” wrote the judges, all appointees of previous Republican presidents, in a 3-0 opinion.
The fact that our President has appointed so far 6 judges on the 9th Circuit, the composition of the Circuit currently stands at 16 Democrat appointed judges versus 11 Republican appointed judges.
Our President still has two current vacancies to fill (changing the composition to 16 Democrat appointed judges versus 13 Republican appointed judges) plus an additional one in the near future once the Republican appointed judge takes senior status.
Our President will have appointed 9 of the 13 Republican judges on the 9th Circuit.