Department of Justice

Obama's judges leave liberal imprint on U.S. law

from The Gray Area:

President Obama during his Presidency has very publicly, and some would say successfully, tried to change the ideological balance of the Supreme Court to the radical left. The current opening following Justice Scalia's death is the latest example of appointment gridlock as the Democrats and Republicans have taken ideological sides in the process. In this case the Republicans are playing defense against a Democrat President's ideological appointments.

This all started back in 1987 when the Democrats blocked President Reagan's appointment recommendation of Robert Bork. Prior to that Mr. Reagan had appointed middle of the road judges including the first woman on the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor. He also appointed judges who are now are sometimes in the liberal majority, Anthony Kennedy.

Does this mean the legal 'wars' have been a stalemate over the past 8 years? No. In the article below it is clear that under the media radar, President Obama has successfully transformed the lower courts system in America, a system that decides thousands more cases than the Supreme Court.

Helping with that Democrats in the Senate changed the rules to make it easier to stack the lower courts.

from Reuters,

When President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009, the federal appeals court based in Virginia was known as one of the most conservative benches in the country. Two Obama terms later, Democratic appointees hold a 10-5 majority on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a panel of which issued a groundbreaking ruling this April backing transgender rights.

he shift to the left on the court, which hears cases from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina, highlights a widely overlooked aspect of Obama's legacy. His appointments of dozens of judges to the country's influential federal appeals courts have tilted the judiciary in a liberal direction that will influence rulings for years to come and be further entrenched if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins this November's presidential election.

A Reuters review of rulings by the courts over the last two years shows Obama’s appointees to the appeals courts have influenced major legal battles likely to ultimately reach the Supreme Court. Obama-appointed judges have voted in favor of broad civil rights protections, major Obama administration regulations and gun regulations and against Republican-backed voting rules.

Since President Barack Obama came into office in 2009, he has shifted the alignment of several federal appeals courts to the left, resulting in nine of the 13 now having a majority of Democratic appointees.

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