Break Up of 9th Circuit Before House
We have talked a great deal in recent days about the crying, desperate need for action on the judicial front. I’m sure many of you share my deep frustration – in particular with the very liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
There is a glimmer of hope with legislation introduced in the House of Representatives last month by James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin. This Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is sponsoring HR 4093, the “Federal Judgeship and Administrative Efficiency Act of 2005”.
It specifically seeks to break up the 9th Circuit by creating a new 12th Circuit Court of Appeals. This new circuit would include Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Left in the 9th would be California, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
When introducing the legislation, Sensenbrenner offered the following observations:
"Realigning the 9th Circuit has been considered for some thirty years – the time for action is now. The House supports a modernization of the 9th Circuit. It is no longer a question of if, but when.”
The primary argument advanced by Sensenbrenner is the mammoth size of the 9th Circuit. It has 47 judges – almost twice the number of the next largest circuit. It rules over some 56 million American citizens, which is 25 million more than the next largest circuit.
Those are all great arguments. But the overriding reason to rebuild this abomination is the terrible impact California liberals are having on Idaho families. Most of those 47 judges come from and through California. That means people like Barbara Boxer are having an immense influence on the families, economy and law here in Idaho.
Our understanding is that Congressman Mike Simpson is already on board with this legislation. We need to encourage the rest of the delegation, particularly Senators Crapo and Craig, to expend every effort to get this legislation enacted.