Grind for May 14th, 2019
“The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.”
– Gustave Flaubert
Trump Administration confirms 104th federal judge
The Trump Administration on Thursday confirmed Judge Michael Park to the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Along with Joseph Bianco, who was confirmed on Wednesday, the 2nd is now comprised of 6 Republican-appointed judges and 7 Democratic-appointed judges.
The 2nd hears cases from New York, Vermont, and Connecticut. Because it has jurisdiction over Manhattan, the 2nd hears a significant number of key corporate and securities law cases.
Judges Park and Bianco bring the total number of federal judges confirmed under the Trump Administration to 104.
Here’s how that breaks down:
–Supreme Court: 2
— Appeals Courts: 39
— District Courts: 63
Since the lower courts hear and decide far more cases than the Supreme Court, Trump’s nominations to the district and appeals courts are perhaps even more important than his additions to SCOTUS.
Most of Trump’s nominees are young, meaning they will exert a conservative influence for decades.
“It’s a generational change,” explains Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO). “This president is reshaping the courts for a generation, and thank goodness that he is because we need pro-Constitution, rule-of-law judges. It’s an extraordinary opportunity.”
When Trump took office, the Dems had a 90-71 advantage in appointments of active judges among the Circuit Courts. Now, Republicans lead the way with a margin of 90-83.
Trump flipped his first appeals court (the 3rd) last month, and will likely flip the 2nd later this year when two of its current judges reach “senior status” (age 70) and are required to step down.
Filmmakers to leave Georgia over heartbeat bill
Several filmmakers said they would pull out of Georgia following Governor Brian Kemp’s (R) decision to sign a strict anti-abortion law.
The so-called “heartbeat bill” bans abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
“Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned,” tweeted Christine Vachon, whose company produced Oscar-winning film “Still Alice.”
Other companies to pull out include: CounterNarrative Films, Blown Deadline Productions, and ColorForce.
J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele said they would continue filming in Georgia, but would donate a portion of profits from their upcoming HBO series to the ACLU and Fair Fight Georgia.
Thanks to Georgia’s landscape, climate, and tax laws, more top-grossing films are produced there than anywhere else in the world.
Recent movies and shows filmed in GA include:
— The Walking Dead
— Guardians of the Galaxy
— Captain America
— The Hunger Games
— Black Panther
Last year, the TV and film industry poured more than $9.5 billion into the state’s economy. Black Panther alone generated $80 million in economic activity and created 3,000 jobs.
Losing that money will have a huge impact on Georgia’s economy.
Filmmakers are talking tough to show their support for women’s rights, but they know the heartbeat bill will be defeated in the courts long before it goes into effect (meaning they won’t actually have to sell their valuable assets and property in GA).
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
Did you know… The original Cinderella was Egyptian and wore fur slippers.