SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries (all times local):
Three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton will hear the Trump administration’s appeal of Hawaii’s so-far successful challenge to the president’s travel ban that targets six predominantly Muslim countries.
The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will listen to arguments on May 15 at its Seattle courthouse. The 9th Circuit hears appeals from federal courts in nine western states.
A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the travel ban in March, ruling that it unfairly targets Muslims. Hawaii’s attorney general argued the ban would harm the state’s universities and tourism industry.
The three 9th Circuit judges who will consider Trump’s Hawaii appeal are Michael Daly Hawkins, Ronald Gould and Richard Paez. Hawkins was appointed in 1994. The other two were appointed in 1999.
A panel of 13 appeals court judges in Virginia will hear a challenge to President Donald Trump’s revised executive order targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Judge Allyson K. Duncan and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III will not hear arguments in the case Monday. Wilkinson’s son-in-law is Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, who’s arguing the case on behalf of Trump.
It was not immediately clear why Duncan isn’t on the panel. Both judges were appointed to the court by Republican presidents.
Of the 13 judges remaining, three are Republican appointees and nine are Democratic appointees. Chief Judge Roger Gregory was given a recess appointment to the court by President Bill Clinton and was reappointed by President George W. Bush.
President Donald Trump is hoping that a federal appeals court will approve his revised travel ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries.
Attorneys for the Justice Department will defend Trump’s immigration executive order before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. It’s the first time an appeals court will hear arguments on the revised travel ban, which was issued in March.
The court in Richmond, Virginia, will examine a ruling that blocks the administration from suspending new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The revised travel ban has also been blocked by a judge in Hawaii. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in that case next week.
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