On May 2, 2019, President Trump reached (and passed) the 100-judge mark of Article III federal judicial confirmations. Article III judges are appointed for life. The alarums and excursions surrounding the subpoena-feuds, Mueller Report, and U.S. Attorney General Barr’s testimony (and non-testimony) muted recognition of the judicial milestone.
It took Trump 832 days (2.3 years) to place 100 federal judges on the bench. To put into context, Presidents Clinton and Obama reached that level in 616 days (1.7 years) and 986 days (2.7 years), respectively.
Even after reaching the benchmark, 133 Article III judicial positions remained vacant, with 55 nominations pending before the U.S. Senate. In Mississippi, three federal judicial vacancies exist, with no nominations to date.
Ben Williams the author, is a Mississippi attorney. Email Ben at MBWJ@aol.com. Ford Williams the artist, is a junior at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).
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