How Liberal Judges Seized Control of Federal Courts


From the Daily Signal, by Philip Wegmann

President Barack Obama successfully has appointed more than 320 federal judges. Here, he speaks in the Rose Garden on June 4, 2013, while announcing nominees to fill vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. They are, from left, Robert Leon Wilkins, Cornelia Pillard, and Patricia Ann Millett. After floor fights, the Senate eventually confirmed all three. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Newscom)

On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America. After nearly eight years as president, he has delivered on one front by reshaping the federal judiciary.

That revolution has been comprehensive, dramatic, and under the radar.

When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fifty-five successful presidential nominations later, liberal majorities now control nine of those appeals…

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