Center for Political Awareness

Which is the Worst Federal Appeals Court, and Why is it the Fifth Circuit?

A court stacked with far-right Trump goons has gone completely off the rails.

Photo: Judge James C. Ho of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has historically been among the nation’s most conservative federal appeals courts. This is particularly true where abortion is concerned: Well before President Donald Trump’s nominating spree stacked the court with fringe right-wingers, it was instrumental in enabling the efforts of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi lawmakers to undermine reproductive rights. Today, 12 of the court’s 17 members are Republican appointees, and 6 of those 12 were nominated by Trump. With numbers like these, oral arguments have become genuinely unhinged of late, as evidenced by the latest go-round over Texas’ six-week abortion ban earlier this month. 

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