Senator Pens Bill Supporting Trump's Call to Split 'Unwieldy' 9th Circuit Court
A Republican senator whose state falls under the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals co-authored a bill calling for the "unwieldy" court to be split in two.
Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said he and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) will introduce legislation to divide the circuit.
Sullivan, a former clerk for a judge on the Ninth Circuit, said the court circuit covers one-in-five Americans and has become too "unwieldy."
He said the Constitution guarantees "equal justice under the law" but because the Ninth Circuit is so large and is prone to delayed and flawed rulings, it does not guarantee that right.
Sullivan said the court uses "fast food judicial procedures" to try to hurry cases and that splitting the court would fix that problem.
The bill would designate the Ninth Circuit to only include California, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands.
A new circuit court would cover Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana.
"Every time the court[s] get too big, the Congress splits them," Sullivan said.
Last month, President Trump called for splitting the Ninth Circuit as Sullivan's and Daines' bill intends.