September 13, 2011
Will a more diverse federal bench result in a more diverse sentencing jurisprudence?
The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new AP article, which is headlined "Obama increases number of female, minority judges," and begins this way:
President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation's federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn't selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.
More than 70 percent of Obama's confirmed judicial nominees during his first two years were "non-traditional," or nominees who were not white males. That far exceeds the percentages in the two-term administrations of Bill Clinton (48.1 percent) and George W. Bush (32.9 percent), according to Sheldon Goldman, author of the authoritative book "Picking Federal Judges."
"It is an absolutely remarkable diversity achievement," said Goldman, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who is only counting judges once, even if they fit more than one category.
Some related older and newer posts on judicial appointments and sentencing jurisprudence:
- Noticing the biggest bias in the federal judiciary
- Should President Obama practice ageism when making judicial nominations?
- Does the ages of federal judges impact sentencing jurisprudence and decision-making?
- Why federal sentencing reformers must focus on the USSC and lower courts
- Judging, politics, sentencing and elections
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Well in my little corner of the country, he is notable for letting one of the busiest dockets in the country struggle for lack of appointments. The three local judges have taken senior status, but in the past two years we've had only a single replacement appointed. Cases are being adjudicated only because the three senior judges admirably continue to carry what approximates a full case load.
When one replacement was nominated, I wrote both my senators to urge them to confirm the nominee and to help in some way to expedite the work of the people selecting promising candidates to forward to the President. All I got back was some silly canned nonsense about "judicial activism", without even an acknowledgement of the problem.
I'm glad that President Obama is trying to diversify the judiciary, but it would help if he'd pick up the pace.
Posted by: C.A.J. | Sep 14, 2011 12:39:44 AM
Not feminist running dogs, but disgusting, hate filled feminists will fully populate the courts. The productive male will be hunted, and taken down and lynched, legally. All false accusations will result in severe punishments and seizures. All disputes will be resolved to favor the female, bastardy, and criminality. The patriarchal American family is dead.
Feminism is still only a Trojan Horse for the criminal cult enterprise that is the lawyer profession. It is a pretext to grow government plunder, a wholly owned subsidiary of the biggest criminal syndicate in history.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 14, 2011 1:27:47 PM