Justice Roberts Blames Obama, Congress For Judicial Vacancies

Law360, New York (January 2, 2013, 1:21 PM EST) -- U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts called on President Barack Obama and Congress to appoint more federal judges, saying Monday in his year-end report that the bench cannot cut spending any further without compromising judicial services.

In his 2012 year-end report on the federal judiciary, Chief Justice Roberts applauded the judiciary’s cost-containment efforts, which include personnel and rent control, but encouraged Obama and Congress to provide more resources, saying such a boost is needed to protect the judiciary’s core activities.

“Unlike executive branch agencies, the courts do...
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