Bloomberg Law
Dec. 19, 2018, 9:31 AMUpdated: Dec. 19, 2018, 6:31 PM

2019 Outlook: Trump Judge Picks Could Flip Circuits (2)

Patrick L. Gregory
Patrick L. Gregory

President Donald Trump’s remarkable record of appointing conservative judges is leading to a dramatic shift in the make-up of several federal appeals courts.

The Second, Third, Fourth, and Eleventh Circuits, whose territory ranges from Vermont to Florida, could all soon have a majority of Republican appointees.

Even the Ninth Circuit, which has stymied Trump’s orders on immigration and environmental policies, is within striking distance of flipping its seats to a majority of Republican appointees.

The 13 federal appellate circuits are the highest courts that most federal legal arguments reach. Few cases proceed to the next level, the Supreme ...

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