Friday, October 21, 2005

Representative Sensenbrenner has introduced a bill to break up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. This is a long overdue measure, but I doubt that the Democrats will allow this to pass while Bush is president. Consider, however, these statistics.
-- The Ninth has 47 judges, a figure that approaches twice the number of total judges of the next largest circuit.

-- The Ninth represents 56-million people, or roughly one- fifth of our nation's population. This is 25-million more people than the second largest circuit.

-- The Ninth encompasses nearly 40 percent of the geographic area of the United States.
In the past, Congress has been able to create new circuit courts or new judgeships even though that means that the sitting president would get to name new judges. I just don't think, in this environment, that the Democrats would let this pass. I smell filibuster.