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Joe Biden's Makes His Mark on the Judiciary

Some good news to report about Joe Biden. He has rapidly been filling the open slots for federal District and Appeals Court judges. So far, 8 of those appointed and confirmed have backgrounds as public defenders.

That is as many as (un)president Donald Trump, and Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton landed in their first years combined, said Chris Kang, the chief counsel of Demand Justice.

...Set against recent history, [appointing 5 of these judges to the Courts of Appeal] t...is a remarkable statistic. President Barack Obama confirmed five former public defenders to the appeals courts over his entire eight years, according to the progressive judicial group Demand Justice. Biden has matched that in his first nine months.

For decades, federal judicial appointments have favored ex-prosecutors and corporate lawyers, the latter of whom have no criminal experience. [More...]

In Colorado, Biden has appointed a female judge with a background as a federal defender to The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. But he's also appointed a corporate lawyer who spent 7 years as an AUSA to the District Court bench.
In addition, Biden nominated Charlotte Sweeney, an employment lawyer who will be the "first openly LGBTQ federal judge in Colorado".

We need more appointments of criminal defense lawyers (and not just public defenders) to the bench. Can we count on Joe to keep them coming?

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    I do think (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Oct 20, 2021 at 05:26:16 PM EST
    Biden saw all the mistakes of Obama and is attempting not to repeat them.

    No objection assuming the appointees (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 20, 2021 at 11:02:37 PM EST
    are competent and fair-minded.

    That would be a refreshing change (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Peter G on Thu Oct 21, 2021 at 08:30:59 AM EST
    from many of the appointments made over the past four years, for sure.

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    President. Biden and (none / 0) (#4)
    by KeysDan on Thu Oct 21, 2021 at 05:32:37 PM EST
    Vice President Harris spoke today at a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in DC.  In his excellent presentation, the president took particular pride in the appointment of judges with experience as public defenders.

    And speaking of judges, the Supreme Court (none / 0) (#5)
    by Peter G on Fri Oct 22, 2021 at 02:17:32 PM EST
    has accepted the US DoJ's invitation to bypass the Fifth Circuit and hear itself the appeal by Texas of a federal district judge's ruling sustaining AG Garland's lawsuit to invalidate the Texas "SB8" anti-abortion law. On a super-expedited schedule:  briefs next week, oral argument November 1. Texas unfortunately gets the benefit of the Fifth Circuit's stay at least until November 1, over Justice Sotomayor's eloquent dissent that the party harmed in the meanwhile is not the State but the women of Texas. Importantly, the ONLY issue the Court agreed to hear is whether the U.S. Government has standing (legal authority) to sue a state in defense of citizens' constitutional rights, where the law at issue is designed to prevent anyone else from doing so. The Supremes will NOT consider, in this case, the continuing viability of the Roe and Casey precedents.