Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Ball Gets Rolling on 9th Circuit

On Friday the House of Reps began a move to split the 9th circuit court of appeals. The Washington Times has the story. It was included in a Budget Committe bill that cuts $53.9 billion from the budget. Talk about killing 2 birds with one stone!
This would be a wonderful way to prevent conservative states like Idaho and Utah from having to listen to rulings by the ultra-liberal 9th circuit based in San Francisco. The proposal would "make a new 12th circuit that would include 7 western states, leaving the 9th with California, Hawaii, Guam and the American islands in the Pacific."
Now if we can only get it passed.


  • At 11/07/2005 6:43 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said…

    I practice a fair amount in that Circuit. We used to joke that it's better to lose there than to win if you think you have a case that might make it to the Supreme Court. The last time I had a case go to the Supreme Court from that Circuit, the Supremes overturned all but one of more than twenty 9th Cir. cases in that term alone. The geographic division in the legislation surprises me. I would have thought that California and the islands would be grouped with Nevada and Arizona, then keeping Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska together. I haven't looked at any stats recently, but I suppose California generates so many cases that a grouping with any other state of significant size would clog the docket

  • At 11/07/2005 10:57 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Yea, thats my only assumption as well.
    Really for liberalness, it would be best to put oregon and washington w/ cali and putting NM, NV, MT, UT, ID, etc together.
    They dont expect it to pass anyway.


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