Special master ruling shows Trump’s takeover of courts has started to sting | US justice system | The Guardian

Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as a supreme court justice in October 2020.

The fifth circuit’s action points to another threat posed by Trump. Many of his judicial appointments were to appeals courts, which have an even greater influence in shaping public life in the US than district courts. He placed six judges on the fifth circuit – more than any other president before him – in a move which effectively neutralized moderate conservatives on the panel and gave extreme rightwingers the controlling hand. He managed to seat a similar number on the 11th circuit, which is likely to play a critical role in hearing appeals arising from Trump’s battle with the justice department over the Mar-a-Lago search.

Source: Special master ruling shows Trump’s takeover of courts has started to sting | US justice system | The Guardian

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