OBAMA LE­GAL LEGACY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Long ago and far away — make that about eight years ago — then-Sen. Barack Obama talked much about “hope and change,” promis­ing he would trans­form Amer­ica. Looks like the em­pha­sis is on the change, how­ever.

“Af­ter nearly eight years as pres­i­dent, he has de­liv­ered on one front by re­shap­ing the fed­eral ju­di­ciary. That rev­o­lu­tion has been com­pre­hen­sive, dra­matic, and un­der the radar,” writes Philip Weg­man, a con­gres­sional cor­re­spon­dent for The Daily Sig­nal, an in­ves­tiga­tive news group or­ga­nized by The Her­itage Foun­da­tion.

“When Obama en­tered the Oval Of­fice, lib­eral judges con­trolled just one of the 13 cir­cuits of the U.S. Court of Ap­peals. Fifty-five suc­cess­ful pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tions later, lib­eral ma­jori­ties now con­trol nine of those ap­peals benches, or 70 per­cent,” Mr. Weg­man con­tin­ues. “Out­side of le­gal cir­cles the trans­for­ma­tion of the in­flu­en­tial fed­eral ap­peals courts has gone largely un­no­ticed, though.”

Texas Supreme Court Jus­tice Don Wil­lett tells The Daily Sig­nal: “The Supreme Court grabs the spotlight, but it hears fewer than 100 cases a year, while the 13 fed­eral courts of ap­peals han­dle about 35,000. More than one-third of the 179 judges on fed­eral ap­peals courts owe their seat to Obama. That’s a legacy with a cap­i­tal L.”

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