The Law: Nixon's Other Judges

Supreme Court decisions and Supreme Court nominations make much of the legal news, but the nine men in black who occupy the marble temple behind the Capitol are only the most visible part of the federal judiciary. Most cases within federal jurisdiction never get to them. Instead, the great bulk of its litigation is disposed of in the 89 district courts and the eleven U.S. Courts of Appeals around the country. The lower courts are the workaday world of the federal judicial system, and the caliber of the people appointed to these benches...

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