Status of Judicial Appointments on Eve of Midterms

NBC News: “President Joe Biden has won Senate confirmation for more than 80 of his nominees to be federal judges.” Moreover, “Biden has chosen an unusually diverse slate, with high shares of Black, Latino and Asian American judges, and he has put a premium on nominees with a background as public defenders or civil rights lawyers, picking fewer prosecutors and corporate lawyers.” While the number “outpaces former President Donald Trump at this juncture of his presidency,” it is unlikely the appointments will balance out the courts. Biden is up against the fact that “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell hit the gas in the second half of Trump’s term and brought his total to 231 judges — mostly young conservatives poised to shape American law for generations”–the largest number in a single term in recent decades.

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