Professor Aaron Saiger was quoted in The Daily Beast about Obama appointees to the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit and what they mean for the incoming Trump administration.
“It does matter a great deal whether Democratic or Republican president have nominated the judges,” said Aaron Saiger, a professor at Fordham University’s School of Law who clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg. “Getting those four judges on the D.C. Circuit was extremely important for the Obama administration.”
In addition to its outsized importance, Saiger said the D.C. Circuit has also included some of the most famous judges in the country among its ranks. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsberg all sat on the court. So did Ken Starr, Antonin Scalia, and Warren Berger. And Judge Merrick Garland is back on the D.C. Circuit now that any hope of a Democratic presidential administration is off the table.