After a fleeting experiment with increasing 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals en banc panels from 11 to 15 judges, the court has axed the bigger panels by reverting to the 11-judge reviews before the end of the planned two-year test.

The 9th Circuit, the largest federal appellate court in the nation with 27 active judges, initiated the experiment in part after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proposed it as a means of appeasing conservatives bent on splitting the circuit.

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