The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy discussed various proposals to change the structure of the federal judiciary. These proposals include expansion of district and appellate courts including the Supreme Court, and term limits for judges.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies about the bureau's response to the coronavirus pandemic. ... Regarding the vaccination of the federal prison population, Mr. Carvajal said about 25 percent of inmates had been vaccinated and that he expected vaccines would be available to all federal inmates by July 2021.
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts and Oversight held a hearing about the influence of special interest groups in the federal judiciary. Chair Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) called dark money campaigns to approve judges to lifetime appointments on the federal bench a "poison in our democracy" and urged for the passage of transparency laws that would require donors to disclose donations. The witnesses, which included experts on the federal judiciary and voting rights activists, detailed how money influenced the ways that judges were selected and confirmed during the Trump administration, while others argued that both Republicans and Democrats use dark money to fund political influence campaigns. Ranking Member John Kennedy (R-LA) questioned the connection between undisclosed donations and federal jurisprudence.
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The Brookings Institution held a virtual discussion analyzing proposed changes to the structure of the Supreme Court and federal courts from lawmakers and outside groups. ... Following his remarks a panel of legal experts debated the pros and cons of making changes to the federal courts makeup.
The Supreme Court heard consolidated oral argument in Federal Communications Commission v. Prometheus Radio Project, a case concerning the Federal Communications Commission's analysis and repeal of media ownership rules. The FCC is tasked with implementing rules that regulate the sale of and ownership of broadcast media stations. ... In the 2016 review, the FCC decided to make no changes to the rules, but in 2017, it changed course and repealed them. ... Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the FCC did not, as required by federal law, properly analyze the impact on minority and women media ownership when they decided to repeal the rules.