Conservative Remaking of Judiciary Continues During Pandemic
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FEATURING LENA ZWARENSTEYN – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could be facing an ethics probe into whether he improperly created a judicial vacancy. The group Demand Justice filed a complaint over the recent announced retirement in March of Judge Thomas B. Griffiths from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. According to the New York Times, Senator McConnell has apparently been, “contacting appeals court judges nominated by Republican presidents to encourage them to retire,” so that Trump can replace them with conservative and far younger judges and ensure those seats remain favorable to Republicans for decades. McConnell has made it clear that stacking the American judiciary with conservative judges is his number one priority.
Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.