Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, a Republican, wants his state removed from the jurisdiction of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, for reasons his staff says are not political. But an American Civil Liberties Union official called it “court shopping,” the Associated Press said.
Ducey said he’d like to see Arizona shifted to a circuit other than the San Francisco-based Ninth, or that another circuit should be created by Congress, because of high caseload in the Ninth, the large area it covers and a higher rate of rulings struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Republicans have made similar efforts in the past, sometimes complaining that the Ninth Circuit is too liberal in its decisions. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, believes this effort is politically driven, according to AP, and Dan Pochoda of the ACLU of Arizona said, “You talk about judge shopping, well, this is court shopping.”