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Senate Democrats Demand End to Rightwing ‘Judge Shopping’ But Move Draws Immediate Attack from Republicans – As it Happened

Senate Democrats feuded with their Republican counterparts over the practice of “judge shopping”. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats want to end the practice of ‘judge shopping. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

 

Senate Democrats including majority leader Chuck Schumer have today called for the federal courts’ policymaking body to stand firm against conservative attacks on its new rule intended to curb the practice of “judge shopping”.

The term is a reference to the practice of litigants suing over government policies in certain jurisdictions where federal judges may be sympathetic to their cause. An example of this may be seen in the lawsuit by a conservative group attempting to remove the abortion medication mifepristone from pharmacies, which was first filed before a Donald Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas who previously worked for a rightwing Christian law firm.

Earlier this month, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced a new policy that “addresses all civil actions that seek to bar or mandate state or federal actions, ‘whether by declaratory judgment and/or any form of injunctive relief.’ In such cases, judges would be assigned through a district-wide random selection process.”

The policy drew attacks from Republicans including Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who described it as “half-baked”.

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