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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Why Has a Key Federal Judgeship in Wisconsin Been Vacant for 2,000 Days?"

That is the heading to this story today in the Huffington Post, reported by Nan Aron. The long story begins:

Central to the latest wrangling over a federal appeals court vacancy is one crucial fact: Wisconsin's vacancy on the Seventh Circuit is the oldest circuit court vacancy in the entire country. It's been empty since Judge Terence Evans stepped down in January 2010. That was 2,000 days ago. In that time, President Obama has successfully filled about 300 other judicial vacancies around the country, and the Seventh Circuit, working shorthanded and grappling with profoundly important issues like voting rights, the death penalty, marriage equality, and the Second Amendment, has had to decide more than 7,000 cases.

With such vital issues at stake, a new judge is needed now more than ever. The people of Wisconsin--and of Illinois and Indiana, which also fall within the Seventh Circuit--deserve a court that's working at full capacity.

The remainder of the long story explains the reasons for the long vacancy.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 9, 2015 01:18 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts