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House Committee to Debate Fate of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

by Countable | 3.20.17

The House Judiciary Committee will meet Thursday morning to discuss the fate of the controversial Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Up for discussion will be proposals to form a new appeals court by splitting off part of the Ninth Circuit, which claims most of the Western U.S. as its jurisdiction and Republicans have wanted to break up for years.

The hearing comes just a day after a federal district court judge in Hawaii temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, setting up the possibility that the Ninth Circuit would again deal with the administration’s appeal of a travel ban-related ruling after rejecting its attempt to lift the court’s restraining order on Trump’s initial travel ban.

In the hearing, three of the Ninth Circuit’s justices offer testimony opposing the division of the circuit, which conservatives believe is too large — its jurisdiction includes roughly one-fifth of Americans — relative to the nation’s 12 other federal appeals courts.

You can watch the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30am ET, below:

There’s a bill in Congress right now that would split off part of the 9th Circuit into a new appeals court. Learn more and tell your reps what you think by following the link below:

— Eric Revell

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  • Danielle
    03/18/2017
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    I'm sorry Trump's feelings are hurt because the 9th Circuit keeps questioning his bigotry behind his Travel Ban. That is no reason to break up the 9th Circuit. Please vote NO!!!

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  • Linda
    03/19/2017
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    Now, more than ever, it is critical that we have a balance of power. Please stand up to any attempts to dismantle the structure of this important check.

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  • Dave
    03/16/2017
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    It is unconscionable to change the make up of the federal court system because the court is too liberal or too conservative to suit the preferences of one or another party, or even the president. This type of meddling is no better than gerrymandering and far beneath the dignity of those who would be statesmen and govern our country, placing the country above political considerations.

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  • Susan
    03/17/2017
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    Please don't let this happen - We all know it's the wrong thing to do. It's a power grab from an out of control power hungry leader. We must maintain the three branches of government and allow them to work independently of each other. The system works with its checks and balances, so that our democracy doesn't turn into a dictatorship. Please don't let this happen! Thank you, Susan Jeter-Koch, Seattle, WA

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  • Elizabeth
    03/17/2017
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    This is a clear power grab by Republicans to split up a liberal circuit court whose decisions they disagree with.

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  • Alexandra
    03/20/2017
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    Don't split the 9th Cir. The ultra right is now trying to gerrymander the judiciary!

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  • Mark
    03/18/2017
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    This Court does valuable work. Leave them alone.

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  • Annie
    03/18/2017
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    Leave them alone. Vote no.

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  • Joan
    03/16/2017
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    A judge in the 9 th district gives a ruling the Republicans don't like. The answer is to split up the district. They're throwing a tantrum just like a 2 year old. VOTE NO. !!!!!!!

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  • shirlmcmorrow
    03/16/2017
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    If you dare split the 9th Circuit, which is nothing but a reprehensible political tactic, we will vote you out. You can count on it.

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  • Penny
    03/18/2017
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    This is a power grab by Republicans because the 9th Circuit often steps in to prevent unconstitutional actions by land hungry profit seeking groups who care not for clean water and a healthy environment.

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  • Chuck
    03/17/2017
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    This reminds me of FDR's misguided attempt to pack the Supreme Court, only in this case, it's more nefarious. FDR wanted to work to get more of his New Deal programs approved to help the nation. The current effort is to exclude and harm.

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  • Ashley
    03/19/2017
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    Don't split the ninth circuit court of appeals. The point of the courts is to be check on the other branches of government. This reeks of the legislature wanting the power to do what they want whether it is constitutional or not.

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  • Arlene
    03/16/2017
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    The ninth circuit court protects us from corrupt government when executive branch, house and senate are under controls by one party. This is our last protection. Of course the republicans want the 9th court gone. It stands in their way of complete no holds barred power. Please vote no.

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  • Barbara
    03/16/2017
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    This is typical behavior from these criminals in Congress! The ninth Circuit Court of Appeals needs to be protested. These guys just want more control and more ways to screw the American people unimpressed.

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  • Lyn
    03/17/2017
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    We need a strong justice system that that is not manipulated and corrupted by this administration. No change is needed!

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  • Wendy
    03/17/2017
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    To split up the ninth circuit court because the executive branch doesn't like their rulings would be a gross violation of the separation of powers .

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  • Coop
    03/17/2017
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    If the judges of the 9th were to have asked for this split because of caseload then that would be one thing. But a partisan argument for splitting stinks of judicial gerrymandering. As my representative, I hope you will oppose this measure.

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  • Caroline
    03/17/2017
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    Do not be fooled! Bannon's dirty hands are all over this legislation! He wants to abolish the power and break up the Ninth District of the US Appeals Court not just because it is interpreting the U S Constitution differently than he wants it to but because it will empower the Bannon/Trump administration to carry out his anarchist plan to destabilize the government of the United States which Bannon has preached on for years. He is using the Legislative Branch of our three Branch system to destroy the protections we are guaranteed by our Constitution and bill of Rights one item at a time. Now he is taking chunks out of our justice system that will bring our country to its knees. We cannot allow Bannon/Trump to use the political divide they have orchestrated in our Legislature to do his dirty work. We must unify our Congress to remain the greatest country in the world.

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  • Eileen
    03/17/2017
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    T and his court are fighting to decrease or eliminate the power of the judiciary. They've already put in place the people who will destroy the Federal departments, next, I believe, will be legislative. At that point, all that is left is the ultimate power of the executive office. A dictatorship. Shall we sit and wait, or act to stop it now?

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