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House votes to break up 9th Circuit

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to break up the often-controversial Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals with a proposal that would leave just California and Hawaii while dividing the other seven western states in the current Ninth Circuit into two new courts.

Rulings handed down by the court have frequently angered conservatives, who defend the proposal as grounded in a rapidly-increasing caseload. Despite passing in the House, the amendment, which was attached to a larger bill authorizing new federal judgeships, is expected to be halted by opposition in the Senate. Read a press release from amendment sponsor Representative Mike Sampson (R-Idaho) here. AP has more.

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