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What a break-up of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could mean for California

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit building is seen February 6, 2017 in San Francisco, California. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

According to a recent article by The Hill, Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is planning to introduce a law that would break up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court, which ruled Thursday a refusal to reinstate President Trump’s travel ban, is based in California. Considered one of the most liberal courts in the nation, the 9th Circuit covers 40 percent of the country, including California, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington and Hawaii.

Moves to break up the court aren’t new, but under a Trump Administration, could the 9th Circuit ever split?


Derek Muller, associate professor of law at Pepperdine School of Law

Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the School of Law at UC Irvine and an expert on constitutional law, federal practice and appellate litigation

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