A federal appellate court Tuesday agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.
The Judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has appellate jurisdiction over the federal courts in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. It often has the last word on questions of federal law, so it’s imperative that the court is staffed with fair-minded judges who uphold the rule of law and treat all litigants equally. Unfortunately, a series of far-right appointments by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have turned the Fifth Circuit into perhaps the most activist, politically-motivated Circuit Court of Appeals in the country. Ten of its 15 active judges were appointed by Republican Presidents, and its decisions often reflect a concerted effort by Republican administrations to impose a conservative policy agenda through the courts.
Could the Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Turn Blue?
The Associated Press recently described the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, as a “corporation-friendly, pro-prosecutor foe of death penalty appeals and abortion rights advocates.”