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December 20, 2019

Still, it likely will take years to fully evaluate whether Mr. Trump truly transformed the 9th Circuit, said Curt Levey, president of the Committee of Justice, which promotes constitutionalist positions on legal and policy issues. He noted that most senior Republican-appointed judges aren’t as conservative as Mr. Trump’s picks because senators used to be able to block federal appeals court nominees.

November 14, 2019

There could be another bite at the apple later. The current ruling is related to a preliminary injunction which, while binding the government while the case is being heard, is not a final decision on the merits. Without an appeal, the case now goes back to the federal district court in Washington.

October 9, 2019

While he thinks Justice Kavanaugh could uphold some limitations on abortion, Mr. Levey is doubtful the newest justice would be a solid vote to overturn outright Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling legalizing abortion nationwide.

August 3, 2019

Republicans did what they had to do to fight back. What they did was somewhat measured. They had the votes to change the rules for circuit court nominees too and they didn’t.

July 10, 2019

Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, said the seats are a “prize” for senators to hand out to individuals they want as judges. Senators typically push for the president to nominate one of their favorites for federal court vacancies in their home state.

June 30, 2019

“Conservatives shouldn’t be dreaming of a revolutionary court that will overturn Roe, and on the flip slide liberals really have no right to be speaking about this arch-conservative majority that has to be restrained,” Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, said, referring to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion...

June 23, 2019

It is for good reason that most supporters of D.C. voting rights realize they will need an amendment — similar to the one that gave D.C. three electoral votes.

The ruling in Johnson v. United States sparked a wave of claims from prisoners who say but for a borderline crime of violence, they would be serving much shorter sentences.

“It’s always nice to see when justices on different sides can like each other,” said Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice and a prominent court watcher. Mr. Levey said for GOP-appointed justices, they can range from moderate former Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, whom Justice Kavanaugh replaced, to Justice Clarence Thomas, the quiet conservative. Mr. Levey said Justice Gorsuch is planting himself on the Thomas side — but more vocal.

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