Hearings for Obama Judicial Nominee Begin Today

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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The most important court in Washington, D.C. may just be the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The D.C. Circuit, as it's known, hears some of the most important federal cases. It's the court that hears most of the emergency injunctions over federal regulations on everything from food safety to air quality, to some national security challenges that often need a decision in a matter of hours.

The D.C. Circuit is more than just an opening act for the U.S. Supremes. It has the power to shape and direct the overall judicial agenda. It's also seen as a pool of possible Supreme Court justices.   

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings today on the nomination of Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit. There are currently four vacant seats on the court. President Obama has yet to fill any, in part because he's been slow to name nominees, but also because of threats of Republican opposition and filibustering.

Jeff Rosen is a professor of law at George Washington University and legal affairs editor of The New Republic. He also served as a law clerk to this very court from 1991-1992 for Abner Mikva, who was then chief judge on the D.C. circuit.


Jeffrey Rosen

Comments [2]

Jim McKay from Brooklyn NY

This was a fascinating topic and I thought there was a lot of room for expansive discussion. However, I found it incredibly frustrating that an expert like Jeffrey Rosen, in his side of the conversation, over and over and over kept letting us know "this is what the left is saying, and this is what the right is saying." If he's the expert, I'd love to know what HE is saying, what HE thinks. On many of the points (how many days on average did the Republicans make nominees wait, for instance), there has to be a definitive, factual statistic. So why isn't he giving it to us, instead of letting us know that "republicans, however, take issue with that number..."
Very, very frustrating!!!!

Apr. 10 2013 05:08 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

How well has the Court of Appeals been running, if they are missing 4 Judges? If the courts are not running as efficiently with these missing Judges, that could be Obama's inside track to getting the people he wants in. He could talk about how his hands have been tied and he needs these seats filled.

Apr. 10 2013 11:16 AM

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