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Anti-Obama Republicans have created a judicial emergency

Anti-Obama Republicans have created a judicial emergency

To the editor: The Times editorial board accurately describes the severely deteriorated state of federal judicial selection and suggests that Republican obstruction during President Obama’s two terms in office is substantially responsible for the 100-plus current vacancies. (“Another judicial dirty trick from Senate Republicans,” editorial, Jan. 3)

Indeed, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals currently has four openings, all of which have been declared judicial emergencies. The editorial astutely states that Democrats could retaliate by similarly...

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