The Senate is playing a delicate dance over the fate of a bill to expand the federal judiciary by 50 permanent judgeships -- including a dozen on federal appellate courts nationwide. The key is that none of the appointments could be made until the day after a new president takes office, leaving both parties to wager 50 appointments on their candidate's victory. The Federal Judgeship Act of 2008 would be the largest expansion of the federal judiciary in 18 years.
A Tricky Bid for More Federal Judges
The National Law Journal
July 2, 2008