Um, Does Santorum Know That the 9th Circuit Already Has Jurisdiction of Guam?

Jan 5, 2012 5:39pm

Rick Santorum likes to trash the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Like Newt Gingrich and other conservatives, he is deeply critical of the court for some of its rulings in the past.

Today, he took his criticism further, joking about moving the judges.

“Maybe we can create a court that puts them in Guam or something like that,” he said.

But does Santorum know that Guam is already under the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction?

He also referred to the “reign of California judges,” even though many of the judges come from the other eight western states.

He was joking right?

Courtesy of ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe, here are his extended comments:

“Now, there’s a question as to whether we abolish the circuit, what do we do with all these judges that are on there? I have some ideas that I won’t share publically, but you know, I actually drill through this and I want to be responsive, I want to be respective of the Constitution, because there is a provision that judges are appointed for life. Now, maybe we can create a court that puts them in Guam or something like that and keep their life appointments, and appoint a whole bunch of new judges to two different circuits. Realistically, we can probably do something that’s actually been proposed actually a lot in the past, which is to take the 9th Circuit, which is by far the biggest circuit, and cut it in two, and take maybe all the judges and stick them in California, and give all these states that have had to suffer under the reign of California judges and give them their own so they can actually reflect the values of the people of the western states.”

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