VIDEO: Cornyn and Cruz Create Judicial Emergency by Slowing Nominations
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.
|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|