[Ed. – This is one of the reasons so many Americans understand viscerally that the impeachment farce in Washington is largely a distraction. Personally, I (J.E.) don’t think the farce is meaningless. One thing it’s doing is preoccupying Trump’s opponents. In trying to run their quixotic, self-destructive anti-Trump campaign, they find themselves unable to address anything else.]
As of 2018, the Supreme Court had overturned an eye-popping 115 cases in the previous decade referred from the 9th Circuit, for a dismal 76 percent overturn rate. Covering nine western states along with the territorial courts of Guam and North Mariana Islands, the 9th Circuit handles a massive caseload and refers three times the number of cases to SCOTUS as the next most active court.
During the Trump administration, however, the 9th Circuit has undergone a massive overhaul. The 9th Circuit includes 13 district courts, presided over by a total of 112 judges. The Circuit Court of Appeals, in turn, has 29 justices, meaning that 15 constitute a majority. As of November, President Trump had appointed eight new justices to vacancies on the Circuit Court.
The latest change came on Wednesday, when the U.S. Senate confirmed Deputy Assistant Attorney General Lawrence VanDyke of Montana. He previously served as assistant solicitor general for Texas, and solicitor general for both Montana and Nevada.
LifeNews.com reports that pro-life groups are ecstatic about the nomination …