President Biden has little chance to get much of anything in legal decisions from this court….
Biden and Democrats can expect legal roadblocks to be set up infant of them form the court, which seems politically attached to right leaning conservatives….
The below from the Wall Street Journal….
The New Orleans-based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which last week allowed Texas’ restrictive abortion law to remain in effect in the face of a federal challenge, promises to be a legal battleground for a host of Biden administration initiatives in the years ahead.
The Fifth Circuit, one of the nation’s leading conservative courts, covers the states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. It has 17 active judges, 12 of whom are Republican appointees, including six placed on the court by former President Donald Trump. An array of hot-button cases are likely to land on the court’s docket as Republicans including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and conservative groups challenge administration policies.
Mr. Paxton already was part of a successful effort to block the administration’s planned rollback of a Trump-era immigration policy on U.S. asylum seekers, and he has sued the Biden administration on issues including energy, coronavirus aid, Medicaid and gender-identity policies in the workplace…..
The Fifth Circuit’s role as a central venue for Republican litigation in many ways mirrors the role of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals during the Trump administration. California’s attorney general, other Democrats and civil-liberties groups…
The Fifth Circuit long has been among the most conservative jurisdictions within the federal judiciary. It has become consistently more conservative, however, with the addition of Mr. Trump’s six appointees, who were part of a push by the GOP to make filling court vacancies a priority, allowing the Trump White House to shape the direction of the federal courts.
The newest Fifth Circuit judges have made their mark in some of the court’s biggest cases and been vocal on issues including abortion.
One of them, Judge James Ho, was part of the 2-1 majority last week that allowed the Texas abortion law to remain in place while the Justice Department challenges it. In a previous case from 2018, Judge Ho called abortion a “moral tragedy.”
Two other Trump appointees were part of an earlier Fifth Circuit panel that declined to block the Texas law before it went into effect Sept. 1, citing what it said were procedural problems with a separate lawsuit filed by abortion providers. That case will now go to the Supreme Court….