Coale Comments in Dallas Morning News on Stacking Federal Courts in Texas
President Donald Trump is reshaping the federal judiciary in Texas with remarkable efficiency, positioning the Republican to leave a decades-long imprint on the Lone Star State no matter whether he secures re-election next year.
LPCH partner and close observer of the 5th Circuit, David Coale, said he's already noticing changes.
Among the subtle shifts are the Trump appointees on the appellate court voting together to try to force it to hear more cases as a full group, rather than just as three-judge panels; and writing opinions that clearly reflect a vision for smaller government, he said.
That might not mean much to average Texans right now. But “there is nothing else in government that casts a shadow as long as judicial appointments,” he said.
“In 20 years, it will affect them a lot,” said Coale, who runs a blog called “600 Camp,” named after the address of the 5th Circuit. “The air they breathe, the water they drink, the taxes they pay — all of that will be affected in some way by somebody who’s been appointed in the last couple of years or in the months to come.”
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