GOP Must Cooperate To Resolve Judicial ‘Crisis,’ Top Democrats Say

It’s up to Senate Republicans to cooperate in order to a fill a growing number of judicial vacancies rising to “crisis” levels, according to top Senate Democrats. The rapidly shrinking number of federal judges, and the rising case backlog that shrinkage is causing, became a top story Tuesday in the Washington Post with the headline, “Federal judicial vacancies reaching crisis point.” The three federal judges in Tucson, Ariz., alone must contend with about 1,200 cases each, the Post story says, noting the state has declared a judicial emergency. Overall, there are some 104 vacancies on federal district and circuit courts, 49 of which are determined to be judicial emergencies by the nonpartisan Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, which means … Continue reading