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Featured Series: Redistrict the U.S. Court of Appeals (Hruska)

Featured Series:  Redistrict the U.S. Court of Appeals (Hruska) November 22nd, 2015

The 1973 Hruska Commission opinion should be considered as  the “gold standard” for redistricting the U.S. Circuits.  It was far ranging, thorough and thoughtful.  Sen. Hruska noted not all were of the same mind on some issues (CP-Idaho will mention a couple of our disagreements).  But in 1973, when statesmanship was still exercised in Washington, […]

Featured Series: Redistrict the U.S. Court of Appeals (Jumboism)

Featured Series:  Redistrict the U.S. Court of Appeals (Jumboism) November 17th, 2015

Between 1789 (the organizational Judiciary Act) and 1866, Congress “realigned” the federal circuits thirteen (13) times.  To accommodate national growth, the early federal circuits were reconfigured every six years, on average.  Far more than today.  We realize this is a very rough comparison, but relatively speaking, the U.S. Circuits today are immobile. The California gold […]