Federal Court

The federal courthouse in downtown Austin on July 1, 2015.
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Keeping track of federal court cases can be confusing even for reporters whose job it is to follow this stuff, let alone the general public.

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A Texas Supreme Court Justice's popular Twitter account, and its future, drew sharp questions from U.S. senators on Wednesday as two of President Donald Trump's Texas nominees for federal court openings faced their confirmation hearings.

Jeff Mateer, a high-ranking official in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office who President Donald Trump has nominated for a federal judgeship, said in speeches in 2015 that transgender children are part of "Satan's plan" and argued same-sex marriage would open the floodgates for "disgusting" forms of marriage, according to CNN.

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From Texas Standard:

Despite the struggle President Donald Trump has had moving his agenda through Congress, his presidency is still likely to leave a major mark on U.S. law.

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Texas has some of the busiest federal courts in the nation – and some of the most judicial vacancies. That means judges who are on duty in Texas are struggling.

Right now, seven seats are vacant at federal district courts in Texas. Four more vacancies are expected by 2015. That’s more than 20 percent of federal judgeships in the state.