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Law & the Courts

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—September 25

President Jimmy Carter at the White House in 1977 (LIbrary of Congress)

1979–Taking advantage of its (and the House’s) massive increase in the number of judgeships a year earlier, the Democrat-controlled Senate confirms on a single day 25 of President Jimmy Carter’s judicial nominees, seven to appellate judgeships and eighteen to district judgeships.

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