President Barack Obama: Can Alter the Landscape of Criminal Law

With another four years in office, President Barack Obama is likely to have the opportunity to appoint at least one new Justice to the Supreme Court, and several appellate and trial judges. There are presently an approximate 82 vacancies in the Circuit and District courts across the country and only 34 nominations pending.

A president’s longest lasting and most profound legacy is found in the lifetime appointed judges. The judiciary routinely rules on issues from regular evidentiary issues to the correct application of the death penalty.

In the next 4 years, the Court is likely to resolve the rising conflict between need for finality of criminal convictions and claims of actual innocence made by inmates who have been in prison for many years.

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