While judicial emergency districts are getting filled in California, the list is only growing longer in Texas. This month California filled one of their judicial emergency districts, while a vacancy in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals pushed Texas’ already record-setting number of judicial emergency districts even higher. Texas now has six judicial emergencies in its federal court system, more than any other state in the nation.
“Texas courts are falling behind because Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison won’t go out and fight for their own nominees,” said Matt Glazer, Executive Director of Progress Texas.
“Senate Democrats from California should not have more clout with Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell than Senate Republicans from Texas. Hutchison and Cornyn’s nominees – Texas judges Jeffrey Costa and David Campos Guaderrama – have cleared all the procedural hurdles and are simply waiting for an up or down vote by the Senate. When justice is delayed, justice is denied. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, we need our elected Senators to fight for Texas and urge Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow an up or down vote on these non-partisan nominees.”
Progress Texas is part of the Texans for a Fair Judiciary coalition. A diverse group of organization who have generated over 3,000 messages to Senator Cornyn and Hutchison’s Washington office and hundreds of calls urging our elected officials to fight for their nominees and end the judicial emergencies in Texas. The coalition includes Equality Texas, Texas Watch, Texans for Public Justice, Texans Together, La Fe and Texas Freedom Network.
For more information visit http://progresstexas.org/blog/tfj-senators-leahy-blumenthal-fight-fill-texas-emergency-judicial-districts and http://bit.ly/TFJAction