Judicial Nomination Logjam Strangles Texas Docket

By Michael Macagnone (August 19, 2016, 8:09 PM EDT) -- Houston, like the rest of Texas, has a problem. The Lone Star State is home to some of the busiest federal dockets in the country, but for more than a year, it's been plagued with the most judicial vacancies, allowing thousands more cases to pile up than almost anywhere else in the country.

The backlog of 10 empty judgeships — almost one-third of the 32 emergencies declared by the Federal Judicial Conference — has built up slowly over President Barack Obama's term. With no signs of relief before November's election, litigants in Texas and other states wait in silence, sometimes for years,...

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