Congress Can't Bar Judicial Pay Changes, Fed. Circ. Says

Law360, New York (October 5, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit found Friday that the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, which allows for cost of living adjustments to federal judges' pay, cannot be modified by Congress to withhold such adjustments, overruling precedent it set in 2001.

In an en banc ruling, the Federal Circuit said that the act invokes the protections of the compensation clause of the U.S. Constitution, in a suit brought by judges who lost their bid in 2001, when the Federal Circuit ruled that Congress could scrap automatic pay raises for...
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