Obama Oversees a Crippled Judiciary
Posted at 11:58 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2012
Robert Barnes looks at the state of the federal judicial system after President Obama’s first term.
“There are more vacancies on the federal courts now than when Obama took office nearly four years ago. And he is the first president in generations to fail to put a nominee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.”
“Drastically increased delays in confirming district court judges are part of the reason for the higher vacancy rates…but the Obama administration is responsible for sending up fewer nominees and taking longer to do it… Obama’s nominees, in fact, have had a shorter path from nomination to confirmation than did Bush’s — 240 days compared to 283 days.”