The New York Times: Chief Justice Defends Judicial Independence After Trump Attacks ‘Obama Judge’

“Believe me, study the numbers.” Another Trump lie.

«Renewing his attack on Twitter on Wednesday, Mr. Trump quoted from Chief Justice Roberts’s statement.

“It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an ‘independent judiciary,’” he wrote, “but if it is why are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned. Please study the numbers, they are shocking.”

In a follow-up tweet, he mused about breaking up the Ninth Circuit into two or three circuits, a move that would require legislation.

The Ninth Circuit hears appeals from federal courts in nine western states, including two on the Mexican border, California and Arizona. The circuit has a reputation for being frequently reversed by the Supreme Court, but its reversal rate is only a little higher than average and not as high as that of some other circuits.»

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