Judicial Branch Posts

Judicial Bias in the Manafort Trial

The Extraordinary Bias of the Judge in the Manafort Trial: (“It is not unusual for judges to intervene in court proceedings from time to time — to direct the lawyers to move the case along or to admonish them that evidence is repetitive. The judge’s role is to act not as a “mere moderator,” as the Supreme Court noted in Herron v. Southern Pacific in 1931, but as the “governor of the trial” responsible for ensuring the proper conduct of all participants. * * * The performance of U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III in the trial of Paul Manafort on bank fraud and tax evasion charges has been decidedly unusual.”)

GOP Reshaping the Federal Judiciary

With Little Fanfare, Trump and McConnell Reshape the Nation’s Circuit Courts: (“As the Senate moves toward confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are leading a lower-key yet deeply consequential charge to remake the entire federal judiciary. * * * The Senate already has installed 24 appellate judges since Trump was sworn in, the highest number for a president’s first two years in office. * * * While much of the focus has been on Kavanaugh and Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, the Senate’s rapid approval of appellate judges is likely to have its own broad impact on the nation, as the 13 circuit courts will shape decisions on immigration, voting rights, abortion and the environment for generations.”)

Brett Kavanaugh: A Few Articles

Who Is Brett Kavanaugh?  A Supreme Court Reading Guide: (“President Trump proposed a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy. Here, the best reporting to date on the Supreme Court nominee.”)

DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh Is SCOTUS Nominee

Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court: (“President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation. * * * Presenting Judge Kavanaugh at the White House, Mr. Trump described him as ‘one of the finest and sharpest legal minds in our time,’ and declared him a jurist who would set aside his political views and apply the Constitution ‘as written.'”)

Justice Kennedy to Retire; Trump to Announce List of Five Replacements

Trump Says He Has Narrowed List of Possible Supreme Court Picks to Five: (“President Donald Trump said on Friday that he planned to interview one or two candidates this weekend at his Bedminster, N.J., resort to fill Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat, and plans to announce his final pick on July 9. * * * “I’ve got it narrowed to about five,” he said, including two women. * * * The president also said he wouldn’t specifically ask candidates about Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling making abortion legal. However, a potential nominee’s approach to the issue has been a factor in creating Mr. Trump’s list of 25 conservative candidates.”)

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