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>> The wheels of justice turn slowly, perhaps too slowly for the President. When a federal judge in January ordered the government to restart a program protecting illegal immigrants brought to the US as children, the Department of Justice appealed directly to the Supreme Court, a move that leapfrogged over the Circuit Court of Appeals.
It's the fourth time the administration tried to bypass lower courts, a trend that tests the normal judicial process. Reuters legal correspondent Andrew Chung.>> Legal experts say that it's quite unusual for any administration to be going up to the Supreme Court so early and often. One of the main reasons why the Supreme Court is considered the court of last resort is because the Supreme Court relies on the government to only bring up cases that are absolutely necessary.
>> A Justice Department official told Reuters that the government seeks emergency relief only when necessary. From travel bans to transgender rights to environmental protections, the Trump administration has faced repeated setbacks at the District and Circuit Court levels. Trump himself complained about this on Twitter last month, writing, it just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts.
There is only one higher court.>> And Donald Trump has said a lot of things about the lower courts, especially when his administration loses. The lower courts are generally skewed a little bit more liberal, whereas the Supreme Court has a five to four conservative majority. So what legal experts are saying is that it, in some ways, is rational for the administration to go, or try to go, directly to the Supreme Court.
>> Legal experts warn the administration's repeated attempts to short circuit the circuit courts could have repercussions. The public could begin to view the institution as a political arm of the administration, quick to rubberstamp its policy. Alternatively, the justices could become averse to the administration's appeals, costing the government credibility with the Court.