9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Just Put A Demand On The W.H. & We Have The Video


Soon after Trump took office, he signed an executive order banning travel to the U.S. by individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries. Arguments for and against the travel ban, also referred to as a Muslim ban, were heard in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals in Seattle, where it was ultimately shot down. Trump’s attorneys rewrote the ban, and Monday it appeared in court again, but with a remarkable twist.

In a rarely seen change, the court agreed to allow some cable news channels to carry the video of the courtroom live. The first trial only allowed audio recording in court, however, this time the judges allowed video due to the extraordinary interest expressed in this case.

The presidential order at issue blocked people from six primarily Muslim countries from entering the U.S. In the previous case, there were seven countries, including Iraq. The fundamental question in this courtroom was the president’s intentions, as well as the legal limits on executive power.

A three-judges panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from a U.S. government attorney as well as an the attorney for the state of Hawaii. Although the court chose judges randomly, coincidentally, former President Bill Clinton had appointed all three of them.

Hawaii and Maryland federal judges ultimately blocked Trump’s second travel ban, meaning their findings allowed them to block the travel ban throughout the country.

Outside of the building people rallied to show their support of immigrants and refugees. NPR reported that protesters chanted and carried signs that said:

‘No Ban, No Wall.’

Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall represented the federal government, and former acting solicitor Neal Katyal represented the state of Hawaii.

One of the judges said, according to NPR:

‘Katyal said he stands by those arguments, but that doesn’t mean the president’s authority is unbounded.’

According to NPR’s Joel Rose, who sat in the courtroom:

‘In closing, both lawyers say the case has big implications for future POTUS decisions — but disagree on what those are.’

At this time there are a number of lawsuits pending against Trump’s executive order. In the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 13 judges heard argument over a separate suit against the order. If the U.S. government loses, pundits anticipate Trump will take his ban to the Supreme Court.

Check out this video of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court in action:

Featured Image via Lee Stoll’s Twitter Page.