Merit selection and retention elections offer a far better alternative to contested elections. Judges must be independent from political pressure so they can vindicate constitutional rights without fear of political backlash.
The nation's future legal landscape will likely turn on the outcome of the upcoming presidential election.
Today, more than 160 million Americans – over half of the U.S. population – live in a community with a federal courtroom vacancy. That means that there simply are not enough judges on the bench to hear the cases that are piling up. The third branch of government is not functioning because our nation’s courts – where Americans vindicate their most cherished constitutional rights – do not have a full complement of judges on the bench. At the same time, it’s clear that no matter the issue – health care, immigration, environment, marriage equality, consumer protection – the judiciary will continue to play an increasingly important role in the lives of all Americans as well as in the success of the progressive legislative agenda.
Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Committee for a Fair Judiciary for a discussion on the process and politics of judicial confirmations, the impact of the judicial vacancies crisis, and solutions for 2012 and beyond.Center for American Progress Action Fund, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005
CAP Senior Fellow Peter Swire speaks before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The current political efforts of extremist conservatives and Tea Party leaders to challenge basic U.S. human rights smacks of rank racism, write Sam Fulwood III and Henry Fernandez.
CAP Action experts focus on the critical role international development should play in U.S. foreign policy and steps for reform.
Rep. Jane Harman sits down with CAP Action to talk about balancing national security with privacy.
The Senate Judiciary Committee votes in Sotomayor's favor despite attacks by conservatives, writes Ian Millhiser.
Some conservatives are recognizing that opposition to Sotomayor’s nomination is misguided, writes Ian Millhiser on day four of her confirmation hearings.
Apparently conservatives believe the facts must take a backseat to race-baiting during Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation, writes Ian Millhiser.