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Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 08:00:19 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: 9th Circuit breakup urged

"Breakup of controversial 9th Circuit Court urged"

Gannett News Service, July 16, 1997

WASHINGTON -- The powerful Senate Appropriations 
Committee moved yesterday to split up the 9th 
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the largest, 
busiest and often most controversial circuit
in the nation.
  The committee approved a provision to leave
California, Nevada, Guam and the Northern Mariana
Islands in the 9th Circuit, Alaska, Arizona, 
Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington
would form a new 12th Circuit.
  The voice vote for the breakup was rendered 
perfunctory after committee Democrats fell two
votes short of creating an independent commission
to study making all appeals courts more efficient.
  "Some work too hard, some don't work hard enough,"
said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who called for the 
  After balking at the idea last year, the House
of Representatives passed a bill last month 
establishing a commission to restructure the
appeals courts, with a focus on the 9th Circuit.
  Proponents of moving forward with the split
said the issue has been examined repeatedly, 
starting in the '70s.
  Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska,
said the statistics are clear:  45 million
people live in the 9th Circuit, 27 million
in the next largest.  If an independent nation,
California would be the seventh-largest country
in the world.
  Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, said the committee
should keep in mind the people living in the
circuit "who wait well over 400 days to conclude
an appeal."

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Paul Andrew Mitchell                 : Counselor at Law, federal witness
B.A., Political Science, UCLA;  M.S., Public Administration, U.C. Irvine

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