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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 James E. Boasberg, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

James Emmanuel Boasberg was born in February 1963 in San Francisco, California. He earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Master of Studies at Oxford University. He returned to Yale Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor. He served as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

He served as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia where his work was in the civil and criminal divisions and the domestic violence branch. He was nominated to his seat in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by President Barack Obama, and confirmed in March 2011 by the Senate.

Boasberg also serves as a judge on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

He is married to Elizabeth Leslie Manson.

 

IN THE NEWS

Construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a North Dakota reservoir has begun and the full pipeline should be operational within three months, the developer of the long-delayed project said last week, even as an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply.

The Army granted formal permission to lay pipe under Lake Oahe, clearing the way for completion of the 1,200-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline. An Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) spokesperson confirmed that construction resumed “immediately after receiving the easement.” Work has been stalled for months due to opposition by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, as well as a prolonged court battle between the developer and the Army Corps of Engineers. President Trump last month instructed the Corps to advance pipeline construction.

Now the Cheyenne Sioux filed for a temporary restraining order to halt the work, saying it could bring irreparable harm to their water system. It also wants to make a claim on freedom-of-religion grounds.

ETP, which maintains the pipeline is safe, didn’t immediately respond to the filing. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, likewise, did not immediately rule.

 




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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is making the rounds of meetings with Senators of both political parties seeking support as he prepares for confirmation hearings.

A federal judge blocked Anthem’s $54 billion acquisition of Cigna saying the merger of two of the nation’s largest insurers could reduce competition over health insurance rates.

Pray about the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.