Trump’s judge nominees


US President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform legislation during a lunch with lawmakers working on the tax reform conference committee in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Burke Cochran, Editorials Editor

The Supreme Court is a well-known decision making body in the United States, taking over some of the most important legal cases at any given time.

Less known, however, are the circuit courts, a group of courts that take on thousands of important cases that don’t make it to the Supreme Court. Members of the circuit courts serve for their lifetime – and due to the little publicity they get, many of the cases go unnoticed, even if the decisions they make have an impact on many people’s day to day lives.

Donald Trump has taken advantage of this little-know court system to input nominations for over half of the 100 vacancies of judges in the courts – a number greater than any other president in their first year by a large margin.

These nominations have have come under controversy for a seemingly consistent properties between them: white, wealthy, conservative and unqualified.

The American Bar Association, which quite literally sets the legal precedent for competent employees in the law field, has ranked a multitude of Trump’s nominees as unqualified.

In fact, the Bar found that one of his nominees was unable to separate his personal advocacies from his position as a judge, as well as not having basic and rudimentary knowledge of the American Law system. In the explanation for his ‘unqualified’ rating, the Bar also noted that his behavior in the procession was quite rude.

This nominee, Leonard Grasz, was in the end confirmed by a tight vote in the senate.

This is not the first unqualified nominee, and is unlikely to be the last.