Trump to start filling judicial appointments
President Donald Trump is poised to roll out his first major tranche of judicial nominees on Monday, capitalizing on the successful confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last month and an unusually high number of court vacancies that will allow him to remake the federal judiciary.Hopefully, he will also be able to bring some sanity to the Ninth circuit eventually. With Democrats scheming to thwart his administration by doing forum shopping lawsuits, it is critical to get these nominees in place quickly.
Two of the nominees who will be unveiled Monday were on the list of Trump’s potential Supreme Court justices and will likely come under scrutiny by Democrats because of that inclusion: Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who will be nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice David Stras, who sits on the Minnesota Supreme Court and is Trump’s pick to sit on the 8th Circuit.
Trump will name three other nominees to the appellate courts: Amy Coney Barrett to the 7th Circuit, John Bush to the Sixth Circuit and Kevin Newsom to the 11th Circuit. The president also plans to name four federal District Court nominees: Dabney Friedrich in the District of Columbia, Terry Moorer in Alabama, David Nye in Idaho and Scott Palk in Oklahoma, as well as Damien Schiff to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.