Court orders judges to be seated more evenly | Letters

Michele Jawando and Justin Levitt, At long last, justice is finally coming to the ACLU’s nationwide work to correct the seating problems of the federal judiciary. In a decision published today, the supreme court…

Court orders judges to be seated more evenly | Letters

Michele Jawando and Justin Levitt,

At long last, justice is finally coming to the ACLU’s nationwide work to correct the seating problems of the federal judiciary. In a decision published today, the supreme court unanimously concurred with a ruling by the U.S. district court for the District of Columbia that the DOJ’s appeals process was not “adequate” and accordingly gave no consideration to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest’s proposed solution that would have placed two seats in the DC circuit geographically closer to the nation’s capital to allow for “fair and equitable district justice”. The court said that Forrest’s solution was “justified in part by simple equity and disadvantage balanced against the importance of procedural fairness” and that “a proper read of the District Court’s order compelling the [DOJ] to make the correction…would … overturn the judgment and send the case back to the district court for review.” It is unclear how the court’s decision will affect Obama nominees Caitlin Halligan and Cheryl Jacques, currently pending before the Senate.

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