Mississippi Republican Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, along with Senator Roy Blunt, are supporting Senator Claire McCaskill's effort to adjust and improve judicial boundaries in their two states, making them more effective for the areas they serve.
"It's a good thing when we're able to come together on a bipartisan basis to make commonsense improvements that best serve our constituents," McCaskill said. "The adjustments to these judicial districts will improve services for the communities in Iron and Ste. Genevieve counties, and I'm glad to have the support of my friends in the Magnolia state."
McCaskill's proposal will realign divisions within the Eastern District of Missouri and the Northern District of Mississippi. Specifically, the Divisional Realignment Act will shift Iron and Ste. Genevieve counties from the Eastern Division to the Southeastern Division within the Eastern District, moving their cases from St. Louis to the new state-of-the-art courthouse in Cape Girardeau.
Shifting the two counties to the Southeastern Division will provide a shorter commute for affected jurors, litigants, and practicing attorneys, and is supported by judges in the Eastern District, the Eighth Circuit Judicial Council, and the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court and U.S. Attorney. Additionally, the legislation would condense the four divisions of the Northern District of Mississippi into three, better aligning the districts with the three federal courthouses already shared among the four divisions. This move is supported by judges of the northern districts, the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council, and the Northern District U.S. Attorney.
McCaskill has consistently worked with both Republicans and Democrats on issues facing Missouri. Citing that record earlier this year, the respected, nonpartisan news magazine National Journal ranked McCaskill exactly in the moderate middle of the U.S. Senate, #50 out of 100.