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January 01, 2017

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JLT

The Judiciary Act of 1789 "created 13 judicial districts within the 11 states that had then ratified the Constitution (North Carolina and Rhode Island were added as judicial districts in 1790, and other states as they were admitted to the Union). Each state comprised one district, except for Virginia and Massachusetts, each of which comprised two. Massachusetts was divided into the District of Maine (which was then part of Massachusetts) and the District of Massachusetts (which covered modern-day Massachusetts). Virginia was divided into the District of Kentucky (which was then part of Virginia) and the District of Virginia (which covered modern-day West Virginia and Virginia)."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judiciary_Act_of_1789

Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King

Professor,

In your post, you noted "most" district judges accepted judicial appointments with "humility and trepidation." Did some not? Who would blow off a request like that? Of course, by today's standards, this would be a great gig. Salary, benefits, life time appointment and not having to chase around buggy operators under the influence for a few bills. Even Lincoln had a tough go of it "riding the circuit" to earn a fee.

Steve L.

Captain: Federal courts were brand-new in 1789, so people were necessarily wary of giving up established positions for a job that had no precedent and no predictable future.

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