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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

PrayFocusJudicialJustice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Clarence Thomas was born June 1948 in Pin Point, Georgia. His parents were descendants of American slaves, and the family spoke Gullah as a first language. When he was seven, the family moved in with his maternal grandfather, by whom he was raised. He calls his grandfather “the greatest man I’ve ever known.”

At age 10, he worked on a farm daily from sunrise to sunset. Still, he was able to attend high school in Savannah, where he became an honor student. He attended Conception Seminary College in Missouri when, for a time, he was considering entering the priesthood. At the suggestion of a nun, Thomas attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, from which he graduated with an A.B. in English literature.

He had a series of deferments from the military draft while in college. Upon graduation, he was classified as 1-A and received a low lottery number, indicating he might well be drafted to serve in Vietnam. He failed his medical exam, however, due to a curvature of the spine, and entered Yale Law School, from which he would receive his juris doctor degree.

Thomas became an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri, serving there for three years. During the Reagan administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Civil Rights. He later became Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. President George H. W. Bush nominated Thomas to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he gained wide support. A short time later he was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. His confirmation hearing was highly controversial, for personal reasons and not for his legal or philosophical holdings. He was ultimately confirmed, and has held a seat on that bench since October 1991.

Justice Thomas was initially married to his college sweetheart, Kathy Grace Ambush, with whom he had one son. They later divorced, and he married Virginia (Gini) Lamp. Justice Thomas is Roman Catholic.

IN THE NEWS: According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, political correctness is defined as “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful not to use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.” The notion of being P.C. has entered into the nation’s discourse regarding a plethora of topics, causing numerous battles in Washington, D.C.

Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court did not shy away from talking of the absurdity of political correctness in an address to the graduating class of Hillsdale College. “Do not hide your faith and your beliefs under a bushel basket especially in this world that seems to have gone mad with political correctness,” he said. “Treat others the way you would like to be treated if you stood in their shoes. These small lessons become the unplanned syllabus for becoming a good citizen, and your efforts to live them will help the fabric of a civil society and a free and prosperous nation where inherent equality and liberty are inviolable.”

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs


The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is preparing for cases examining signature Obama Administration climate change regulations on power plants and on financial-firm economic issues.

A federal judge in Texas tore into Justice Department lawyers who argued an immigration case involving the Obama Administration, ordering them to take “ethics classes,” saying he was “disappointed” with their behavior.

Pray about the numerous cases involving Obama Administration regulations now coming before the courts.