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John Cornyn and Ted Cruz Delay Justice

VIDEO: Cornyn and Cruz Create Judicial Emergency by Slowing Nominations

All of the issues you care about - immigration, health care, rights of same-sex couples - languish in court.

Ed. note: the following story is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute.

For nearly three years, U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have been slowing down the process associated with President Obama's ability to nominate federal judges in Texas.

So all of the issues you care about - immigration, health care, rights of same-sex couples - languish in court, causing a legal backlog of 12,000 cases and creating a judicial emergency because of politics.

Overall, there are nine vacancies in Texas' federal courts - with one more seat expected to become vacant in January 2016. Of Texas' nine vacancies, eight are considered emergencies - meaning the delays are so serious 

Check out our latest video urging Sens. Cornyn and Cruz to take action and end our judicial vacancy crisis - then sign our petition to stop delaying justice for Texans.

Judicial Vacancies in Texas - 12/15/15
CIRCUIT/DISTRICT EMERGENCY LENGTH OF VACANCY NOMINEE
5th Circuit Court of Appeals Yes 1,231 days None
5th Circuit Court of Appeals Yes 714 days None
Southern District Yes 1,658 days None
Southern District Yes 574 days None
Northern Disrict Yes 895 days None
Northern District No 349 days None
Western District Yes 305 days None
Eastern District Yes 280 days None
Eastern District Yes 214 days None
Future Vacancies
Eastern District Future 1/07/16 -