The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has cancelled next year’s meeting in Monterey following Republican senators’ pressure to cancel a conference in Hawaii. The court cited budget issues, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Long a target of Republican criticism for its liberal rulings,” the court is under attack regarding the upcoming conference from Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Jeff Sessions. Via the Chronicle:
Citing the $1 million-plus travel cost of the last Maui conference in 2010 and the availability to conferees of such activities as sport fishing and snorkeling, the senators have repeatedly called on the court to cancel the conference or scale it back. In reply, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, an appointee of Republican President Ronald Reagan, has described the conference as an important educational gathering and said the accommodations cost less than many similarly sized hotels on the mainland.
Responding to this point of contention, the court announced on Friday that next year’s conference is being postponed until 2014. Per the statement:
“We firmly believe in the importance of the conference in educating the federal bench and bar and in advancing governance of the circuit,” Circuit Executive Cathy Catterson said in a statement. “But we also recognize the need to conserve financial resources during the present fiscal crisis.”
(H/T SF Chronicle)
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