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Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch is the only wing of government not directly elected by the populace. Instead of being elected, members of the Judicial Branch are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

The head office of the American Judiciary is the United States Supreme Court. The Court is composed of 9 judges. There are no term limits to being a Supreme Court judge. A judge will leave office upon retirement or death, with death usually following closely upon retirement.

The Supreme Court is the highest of several federal courts where cases and appeals are brought before federal judges. These lower federal courts are arranged around the nation geographically. There are also 13 United States courts of appeals.

The main duty of the Judicial Branch is to interpret the Constitution as it applies to the laws of the nation. For instance, if Congress were to pass a law prohibiting equal protection under the law or refusing the right to assemble peaceably, the Supreme Court would be where Americans could challenge the Constitutional nature of that law.

It is imperative to keep the Judicial Branch in our prayers as they use ethical and moral standards to interpret America’s Constitution as it applies to her modern laws.

Featured Member of the Judicial Branch for Prayer

Judge Harry Leinenweber, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Harry Daniel Leinenweber was born in 1937 in Jolliet, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago. He engaged in the private practice of law for 30 years. During that time, he served as City Attorney for the City of Joliet and as Special Prosecutor for Will County, Illinois. He spent ten years as a member of the Illinois General Assembly.

Leinenweber was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Illinois by President Ronald Reagan. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in December 1985. He assumed senior status in June 2002.


U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber granted Chicago’s request for a temporary “nationwide” injunction that means Attorney General Jeff Sessions cannot deny grant money requests from Chicago until the city’s lawsuit against the agency is concluded. Leinenweber wrote that Chicago has shown a “likelihood of success” in its arguments that Sessions overstepped his authority with requirements placed on sanctuary cities.

The City of Chicago sued the Trump Administration in August after it threatened to withhold funds from sanctuary cities, and refused to comply with the Justice Department’s demand that it allow immigration agents access to local jails and notify agents when someone in the U.S. illegally is about to be released from custody.

At least seven cities and counties, including Seattle and San Francisco, as well as the state of California, have refused to cooperate with new federal rules regarding sanctuary cities. It is unclear whether the ruling means that Judge Leinenweber will ultimately decide in favor of the city.

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

A federal law that makes it a crime to encourage or induce foreigners to enter or stay in the U.S. illegally may run afoul of the First Amendment, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found.

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas emissions of four large coal leases in Wyoming, a blow to the Trump Administration.

Pray for the judges of the appeals courts as they are the last source of justice before the Supreme Court.