Big Log See-SawParty flip in the federal courts

Since the inauguration of Barack Obama in January 2009, eight U.S. courts of appeals have flipped parties, The New York Times reported.

Now nine of the 13 federal appeals courts — almost 70 percent — have more active judges who received their appointments from Democratic Presidents than colleagues

An ex-judge friend of Blawgletter's said he expected lawyers to argue their clients' cases to him as hard as they could.  He had little patience with advocates who conceded points in hopes of pleasing, or placating, him.  And he told of instances where lawyers all but surrendered in the face of mild to moderate judicial