Republican presidents have appointed more than half of the current 179 federal appellate judges, but that could rise dramatically to 74 percent if Sen. John McCain wins the presidency -- or give Democrats a 56 percent majority in appointments if Sen. Barack Obama prevails, according to a Brookings Institution report issued on Wednesday. The report predicts that in four years of an Obama presidency, his appointments could shift Republican dominance on 10 of 11 circuits.
Election Could Have Seismic Effect on Federal Courts
The National Law Journal
October 24, 2008