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After Sanctuary City Blocks Order, Trump Unloads on ‘Ninth Circuit’

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick dealt a harsh blow to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration.

Orrick, a federal judge in California, ruled that Trump’s plan to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities “exceeded his authority” and blocked the measure from taking effect not just in his region, but across the nation, says CNN>

It was a decision that Trump was very unhappy about on Wednesday morning, threatening to take the case to the Supreme Court.

In his tweet early in the morning, Trump lashed out at the Ninth Circuit, seemingly a reference to the 15 federal judicial districts that include Washington, California, Alaska, Hawaii and much of the western U.S.

President Trump also criticized earlier rulings against his “travel bans” – it was a Washington federal judge who blocked Trump’s first “travel ban” and a Hawaiian federal judge that blocked his second.

It should be noted that Judge Orrick does not sit on the Ninth Circuit:

Minutes later, the president fired off two more tweets, tearing int the Ninth Circuit further:

The president wrote:

Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the “ban” case and now the “sanctuary” case is brought in the Ninth Circuit …

They used to call this “judge shopping!” Messy system.

“Judge shopping,” as Trump suggested, refers to “a practice of filing several lawsuits that asserts the same claim” and that is “done with the hope of having one of the lawsuits assigned to a favorable judge.”

Trump’s reference to the number of cases the Ninth Circuit has overturned, on the other hand — which he said is “close to 80 percent” — seems to be a reference to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As Politifact noted in February, after Fox News’s Sean Hannity made a similar complaint, the Ninth Circuit does have the third-highest rate of reversals in the country.

In the cases it accepted between 2010 and 2015, the Supreme Court reversed about 79 percent of the decisions that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made.