Barrett: Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed on October 26 by a 52-48 vote. All Rs except Susan Collins voted yes; all members of the D caucus voted no. Barrett was sworn in by Justice Thomas the same evening.
Barrett: Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris declined to criticize Judge Barrett during their debates.
Barrett: Harsh Voruganti of the Vetting Room has analyzed the split opinions involving Judge Barrett, both when she was in the majority and minority.
Supreme Court: Joshua Wilson asks why there aren’t any evangelicals on the Supreme Court, while there are 6 Catholics. He mentions that evangelicals are less likely to become lawyers, and less likely to attend top law schools. One answer the article doesn’t give is that evangelicals are more interested in results than identity politics.
Nominations, Hearings, Confirmations:
Feinstein: Some leftist groups want Senator Diane Feinstein removed as ranking D on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Some senators are unhappy with her performance in the ACB hearings, but there doesn't seem to be much support for removing her.
Texas: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was accused of corruption by seven aides, including First Assistant AG Jeff Mateer, who resigned in protest. Mateer is notable due to his nomination to ED-TX in 2017. He was not confirmed due to some controversial comments he made that came to light.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearings:
The Federal Judiciary:
Judicial winning: Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network is writing a series highlighting Trump's conservative judicial appointees. The series so far includes Kyle Duncan, Amul Thapar, Ken Lee, Lisa Branch, Amy Coney Barrett, Greg Katsas, Justin Walker, Kevin Newsom, Dan Bress, Eric Murphy, Daniel Collins, Patrick Bumatay, Paul Matey, and Jay Richardson.
Misconduct: Judges accused of misconduct often retire to avoid accountability. Case in point is Judge Truman A. Morrison III of the DC Superior Court.
State Supreme Courts:
Numbers and Trivia:
Obstruction: Keith Whittington examines obstruction of circuit court nominees. Both parties have engaged in this practice and President Obama was not obstructed significantly more than previous presidents.
Supreme Court: Ilya Shapiro shows that liberal justices of the Supreme Court are more likely to vote as a block than conservative justices.
Longevity: Three judges originally appointed by Nixon, Gerald Bard Tjoflat, John Clifford Wallace, and Peter T. Fay, just passed 50 years of service. They are tied for 26th on the list of longevity of service of federal judges.
Claims: President Trump appointed Eleni Roumel as Chief Judge of the Court of Federal Claims on October 19. Trump appointed her to the court in February 2020. She was Deputy Counsel to VP Mike Pence 2018-2020. She replaces Margaret Sweeney, whose term on the court of claims expired on October 24. Sweeney was appointed to the court by W in 2005 and was named chief by Trump in 2018.
Lincoln: Kamala Harris misrepresented how President Lincoln handled a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year. He didn't make a nomination before the election not because "the people should decide" but because the Senate was out of session. (Also, there was a civil war.) The seat was filled in the lame duck session after the election.
Bench Memos (National Review)
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Wikipedia: Trump Judges US Appeals Courts
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