Opening Act: The Judges Who Must Not Be Named

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July 25 2013 8:38 AM

Opening Act: The Judges Who Must Not Be Named

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In the quest to keep an Obama nominee off the D.C. Circuit Court, Chuck Grassley claims he has letters from anonymous judges who totally agree with him that they don't need more appointments.*

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"I also asked that those who cared to respond, to do so anonymously, so they could feel free to speak candidly." The responses do not indicate anything about the judges, including the status of the judge on the court and under which administration the judge was appointed to the bench.
Grassley reported one judge said this: "I do not believe the current caseload of the D.C. Circuit or, for that matter, the anticipated caseload in the near future, merits additional judgeships at this time. … If any more judges were added now, there wouldn’t be enough work to go around."

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*Correction, July 25, 2013: David Weigel misidentified the D.C. Circuit Court as the D.C. District Court.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



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