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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 James E. Boasberg

Judge James E. Boasberg, United States District Court for the District of Columbia

James Emanuel “Jeb” Boasberg was born in February 1963 in San Francisco, California. The family moved to Washington, D.C. when Boasberg’s father accepted a position in Sargent Shriver’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Boasberg received an A.B. from Yale University, and a Master of Studies from Oxford University. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School. After completing law school, he served as a clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In 2002, Boasberg became an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, serving in the Civil and Criminal Divisions and the Domestic Violence Branch. He served there nine years, until appointed by President Barack Obama to a seat on the District Court for the District of Columbia. He was confirmed by a 95-0 vote in the Senate, and received his commission in March, 2011.

In 2014, Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts appointed Boasberg to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Boasberg is married to Elizabeth Leslie Manson.

IN THE NEWS

The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, has brought a bevy of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) lawsuits against the State Department regarding Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State. It will now get to choose which documents it wants the Department to provide rational for withholding.  The State Department has until October 28 to produce a Vaughn Index – important because it allows people seeking access to public information under federal records laws to challenge the government’s decisions to keep certain documents locked up.

But District Court Judge James Boasberg stopped short of giving Judicial Watch everything it wanted.  They also wanted the State Department to create documentation for each new email that it processes – including a trove of “several thousand” deleted emails that the FBI discovered during the course of its investigation and said it was releasing back to the State Department to make public.

Judicial Watch has also noticed a deposition of Hillary Clinton, seeking her testimony about why and how her private email server was set up. Clinton’s attorneys are fighting the request saying there is no need to depose her since there is already a “voluminous record” publicly available.




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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the EPA and environmentalists by upholding the agency’s decision on the harm caused by a coal company’s mountaintop removal and its environmental impact in West Virginia.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has found that the U.S. Navy’s sonar that harms whales, dolphins, seals and walruses was utilized under an improper permit. Half the world’s oceans have been subjected to this sonar use.

Pray for the judges in the federal appeals courts as they render decisions on environmental and other issues.