Trump begins effort to pack courts with conservatives

Trump begins effort to pack courts with conservatives

Trump begins effort to pack courts with conservatives

First among them is the utterly broken process of Supreme Court nominations under President Donald Trump and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, which leaves little doubt that any nominee to replace Justice Kennedy would be intent on demolishing the key pillars of his legacy.

Trump will nominate Joan Larsen, who now serves on Michigan's Supreme Court, to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and David Stras, a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court bench, to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

Less than two hours after Justice Antonin Scalia's death, McConnell cravenly chose to hold his vacancy open for more than a year, refusing even to give US Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland - President Obama's eventual nominee to the Court - a hearing, much less a vote on the Senate floor.

According to the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that focuses on civil service, 465 positions requiring Senate confirmation remain unfilled.

Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined the court last month.

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While appeals courts tends to have a lower public profile, their role in adjudicating numerous orders and laws put forth by the administration will be significant.

The president also told the The Washington Examiner on April 26 that he has "absolutely" considered breaking up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the left-leaning judges have already blocked his two executive orders aimed at halting immigration from terror-ridden nations and defunding sanctuary cities that do not comply with federal law. Republicans have introduced bills this year to do just that.

She was a law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative giant on the court, and spoke at a memorial following his death in February.

Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen is expected to be nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District.

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