Last night, Donald Trump got some bad news when the 9th circuit court ruled against reinstating his travel ban. Now, however, this ruling has already come back to bite the court in a big way.
Conservative Tribune reported that two Republican senators have presented a bill to congress that would break up the 9th Circuit’s geographical purview. The legislation would carve six states out of the San-Francisco-based court’s jurisdiction to create a new 12th Circuit.
The bill was introduced by Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, and it would put the states of Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona and Alaska in a new court. Flake told Fox this week that the bill isn’t politically motivated and that it is instead meant to address long backlogs in the court.
“It represents 20 percent of the population — and 40 percent of the land mass is in that jurisdiction. It’s just too big,” Flake said. “We have a bedrock principle of swift justice and if you live in Arizona or anywhere in the 9th Circuit, you just don’t have it.”
He explained that the average case in the 9th Circuit takes 15 months to be handed down.
“It’s far too long,” he said.
The bill may just prove to be successful in Congress, since the 9th Circuit is so far outside of the judicial mainstream. In 2012, the Supreme Court overturned a whopping 86% of the Ninth Circuit decisions that it reviewed. However, the court won’t go down without a fight.
“The problem is the judges in the 9th Circuit, particularly the liberal judges, don’t want to give up any of their jurisdiction,” Flake said.
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