Law & Crime Breaking News: Republicans Accuse Obama of Trying to Stack Key U.S. Appeals Court

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July 10, 2013 AT 2:22 PM
Republican senators accused President Barack Obama of trying to stack an influential U.S. appeals court with friendly judges in the hope they would approve forthcoming federal regulations. Utah Republican Mike Lee said Obama wants more Democratic-appointed judges on the court as he focuses on issuing regulations expected to be subject to legal challenges that will be heard by the court. In June, Obama named three lawyers to serve as judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which often weighs industry challenges to regulations issued by such agencies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.