- Herbert Spaul
- 1 week, 4 days ago
Today at 6pm ET, three federal appeals judges will step into the spotlight in a highly anticipated oral argument over whether to reinstate President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. During the brief, hour-long session in which the two adversarial sides will be given 30 minutes to argue their position by phone, the DOJ will ask the judges to reverse a restraining order issued by a Seattle judge last week that blocked enforcement of the travel ban. The famously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, is the largest federal appeals court, whose jurisdiction stretches over nine western states. It is also the most overturned court: a startling 79% of its cases were reversed before the Supreme Court.