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house Bill H.R. 6754

Should the Ninth Circuit Court Be Divided Into Thirds?

Argument in favor

The Ninth Circuit Court has by far the largest caseload and population size of all 13 appellate courts, and should be split into smaller, more efficient units. This bill strikes an appropriate balance between the unsustainable status quo and breaking up the Ninth Circuit entirely.

Carolyn's Opinion
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10/24/2018
Ninth Circuit is too large and the court has made a reputation of being the obstructionist court of all Circuit Courts. Three separate courts would be equitable for all.
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Karan's Opinion
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10/24/2018
1/5th of the National population resides in 1 of the 13 Circuit Court of Appeals. There are so many backlogs and waiting periods and appeals. If you break it up, they can hear more cases. There’s no good reason to oppose this besides “oh this is just Republicans attacking the Courts” which is false.
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William's Opinion
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10/24/2018
Matthew, with all due respect, I disagree with your blaming the president and the republicans as responsible! The 9th circuit is historically anti Trump and anti republicans. They are part and parcel of the un American agenda of the Democratic Party. All they want is power and control of socializing our Country at all costs. They have consistently over reached their constitutional function, which includes application of the the rule of law as written in the Constitution. They have become politicized to the point of undermining the ability of the Executive office to implement needed positive changes in policies as presented by the Senate and Assembly, and voted on by bipartisan representation of the citizens of this great Country. The Democratic Party is hell bent on destroying the Executive Branch for their socialist agenda, at all costs and any means necessary to achieve their goals.
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Argument opposed

It’s not clear that the structure proposed in this bill will be more efficient than the current Ninth Circuit’s structure, and it’ll likely be more expensive for taxpayers. Additionally, splitting the Ninth Circuit is a partisan decision, as Republicans want to reduce the court’s judicial activism.

Matthew's Opinion
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10/24/2018
The judicial system should remain independent. The structure of this literally shows that Republicans want to manipulate the court. Especially the 9th circuit
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Sylvan's Opinion
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10/24/2018
This is nothing more than a GOP power grab. The courts should remain independent, otherwise there is no justice.
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Lynne's Opinion
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10/24/2018
This is a partisan bill designed to allow the GOP to assign more judges and skew the court system even further in their favor.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedSeptember 10th, 2018
    Ninth Circuit is too large and the court has made a reputation of being the obstructionist court of all Circuit Courts. Three separate courts would be equitable for all.
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    The judicial system should remain independent. The structure of this literally shows that Republicans want to manipulate the court. Especially the 9th circuit
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    This is nothing more than a GOP power grab. The courts should remain independent, otherwise there is no justice.
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    This is a partisan bill designed to allow the GOP to assign more judges and skew the court system even further in their favor.
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    Gerrymandering the judiciary is not in the best interests of the citizenry.
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    In other words they want to pack the court. That’s not justice any more than gerrymandering districts is having an election and just points out that one party doesn’t have the courage of their convictions and feels that they must resort to changing the process instead of coming up with ideas the electorate will accept.
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    Nope. Just another GOP ploy to pack the courts with right-wing, extremist, activist judges.
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    Absolutely NOT!
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    Absolutely not! The republicans have wanted to do this for decades so they can eliminate this obstacle to their agenda. We need the 9th as a Bulwark to check their abuses and blatant discrimination.
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    If even the American Bar Association cannot come out in favor of this highly partisan plan then I think it needs to be tabled and another more contemporary study done. 1998 is a bit long ago and things have changed except the popularity of the White plan for breaking up the Ninth. It wasn’t acceptable then and it’s not acceptable now. Let’s try again with a new Congress.
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    It’s not clear that the structure proposed in this bill will be more efficient than the current Ninth Circuit’s structure, and it’ll likely be more expensive for taxpayers. Additionally, splitting the Ninth Circuit is a partisan decision, as Republicans want to reduce the court’s judicial activism.
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    1/5th of the National population resides in 1 of the 13 Circuit Court of Appeals. There are so many backlogs and waiting periods and appeals. If you break it up, they can hear more cases. There’s no good reason to oppose this besides “oh this is just Republicans attacking the Courts” which is false.
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    No, this is being done to punish this court because they ruled against Trump. He does not deserve to change this court to suit his villainous desires.
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    So they want to pack the courts. How about no. No court packing, no gerrymandering, no voter disenfranchisement! Seriously, the Republicans cannot win without cheating! VOTE THEM OUT!
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    Sounds like a GOP attempt to pack the courts with more conservative judges. Also, it makes little sense to split California into two divisions.
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    Hands off the courts
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    Rep. Issa is retiring and should not have this kind of impact on the court on his way out.
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    Matthew, with all due respect, I disagree with your blaming the president and the republicans as responsible! The 9th circuit is historically anti Trump and anti republicans. They are part and parcel of the un American agenda of the Democratic Party. All they want is power and control of socializing our Country at all costs. They have consistently over reached their constitutional function, which includes application of the the rule of law as written in the Constitution. They have become politicized to the point of undermining the ability of the Executive office to implement needed positive changes in policies as presented by the Senate and Assembly, and voted on by bipartisan representation of the citizens of this great Country. The Democratic Party is hell bent on destroying the Executive Branch for their socialist agenda, at all costs and any means necessary to achieve their goals.
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    Republicans have long hated the ninth district because it always comes down on the side of the people rather than big business. Therefore I cannot trust any plan by the republicans around this matter in particular. Plus, anything that has Darryl issa’s name on it should immediately be considered suspect, as he is a political terrorist.
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    Anything to make our judicial system more efficient without sacrificing justis would be welcome
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