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President Trump Gives Agency Heads Power to Hire In-House Judges

July 10, 2018, 8:01 PM

President Donald Trump, seeking to head off some of the turmoil from a recent Supreme Court decision, issued an order July 10 empowering the heads of federal agencies to directly appoint judges who decide cases ranging from Wall Street sanctions to environmental disputes.

The Supreme Court undermined the authority of administrative law judges in June by ruling that they are constitutional officers, potentially casting doubt on whether some of their appointments were properly handled and opening up hundreds of cases to potential legal challenges.

The Supreme Court ruling pertained to the Securities and Exchange Commission, a top financial regulator that ...