Obama could alter stance of federal appeals courts

President Barack Obama talks to reporters following his meeting with Congressional Democrats and Republicans appealing for bipartisanship on fixing the economy, in the White House press briefing room in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

February 5, 2012 8:11:38 AM PST
A second term for President Barack Obama would allow him to expand his replacement of Republican-appointed majorities with Democratic ones on the nation's appeals courts, the final stop for almost all challenged federal court rulings.

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