(Washington) U.S. President Joe Biden is likely to drop the first mark on the American legal system as soon as 10% of federal positions are vacated or soon.
Mr. Biden has two seats to fill the influential appellate court in the nation’s capital, an anteroom that often leads to the Supreme Court.
However, except for the increase in the number of judges, it seems unlikely that he will ever repeal the Conservative majority in the Supreme Court. Clarence Thomas, the oldest of the Conservative judges, is 72 years old. As for the three judges appointed by former President Donald Trump, they are very young and they are expected to serve for many years.
The justice system has not traditionally favored Democrats, but the coup brought about by Donald Trump may have changed their perspective. These appointments are the only steps Mr. Biden can take right now.
Mr. Biden could get almost 90 seats. These judges are appointed for life as soon as the Senate confirms their appointment.
The 10 seats appealed in the federal courts are vacant. One of these is currently occupied by Merrick Garland, who will be certified as Attorney General in the coming days. Another longtime court judge, David Tottle, said he wanted to reduce his workload, which would allow the president to appoint his successor.
Supreme Court Chief Justices John Roberts, Justice Brett Cavanagh and Thomas all served on the Federal Court of Appeals before being appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Trump did not appoint only three Supreme Court judges during his tenure. It chose 54 for the appellate courts and 174 for the first courts. The determination of Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, helped him fill these positions.
Democrats and their progressive allies say they have learned a lesson and plan to pay more attention to judicial appointments.
We are in an extraordinary situation. The president and his advisers see this as a high priority. President Biden knows that part of his legacy is to undo as much of the damage Trump has done as possible.
Russ Fingold, former Democratic senator
Liberal groups say they are encouraging themselves through signals sent by the White House in this regard. Attorney Dana Remus warned senators in December to submit recommendations for new judges within 45 days of the vacancy.
Mr Biden has already vowed to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court if the seat is opened. At 82, Judge Stephen Breyer is the oldest member of the court and could retire, but he has not announced any plans.
Democrats are looking for a more diverse judicial system. More than three of the four judges appointed by Mr. Trump are men. The percentage of white judges is 85%.
Liberal groups want to take into account the experience of public defenders when it comes time to assess candidacy.
“Unlike the previous two Democratic regimes, we want them to prioritize the diversity of work experience,” said Non Aron, chairman of the Alliance for Justice Group.
Democrats plan to create new positions in the judiciary, the first in 30 years. The idea is to manage the increase in cases in some parts of the country and get bilateral support.
Idaho Republican Senator Mike Krapo recently wrote about the need to appoint another federal judge in his state. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, is supporting the inclusion of judges in California and other states.
“There is a broad agreement on both sides here,” Issa told a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing last month.
But some Republicans and conservative groups are wary of what Democrats may now try to do to control Congress and the White House. ” [Si les démocrates prétextent] The judiciary is a kind of nonsense for creating and filling judges’ posts to discriminate against the courts, which I do not agree with, ”argued John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation.