seismic fed. court shift
via the Mirthful Ones, I can't believe this isn't making bigger news:
Now instead of the incredibly ineffective current Ninth Circuit (which is widely known in legal circles as the most reversed Federal Court of Appeals), there will exist three smaller circuits spread amonst the population and geography formerly served by one overburdened federal circuit. This revamps the "new Ninth Circuit, to include California, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Marianas Islands; a new Twelfth Circuit, to include Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, and Montana; and a new Thirteenth Circuit, to include Alaska, Oregon, and Washington."
Read that again. Then go read the analysis linked above, there is an excellent review of the effects of such a reorganization. I just want to highlight a few of the points here.

First, notice what the new ninth circuit court will contain. How many Federal court cases do you think come out of Hawaii, Guam, and the Marianas Islands? I'm guessing not many. As is pointed out at the Mirthful Ones, this essentially makes California it's own country, judicially speaking and on cases that don't go to the Supreme Court.

Second, this means that the current, sitting president gets to appoint-for-life several new judges to head up these new courts. The twelfth and thirteenth circuits, judging by the states contained therein, probably won't terribly mind a conservative court. But the People's Republic of California probably won't be too happy with whoever Bush puts on the court. Like, riots in the streets not happy (or at least parades in the streets), if anybody ever figures out what is going on. While it will be beneficial to have a ninth circuit more in line with the rest of the country, I don't think it will sit well with the "Progressives" on the left coast.

Which, tough shit to them, this thing has been way overdue for a while. And it will be funny as all hell to watch the moonbats freaking out, bitching and yelling about the crushing of their dissent or whatnot. I'll bring the popcorn, I want front-row seats for that.


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bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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