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Political judges of the Fifth CircuitThe John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building, just across the street from historic Lafayette Square, in downtown New Orleans, is one of the most majestic courthouses in the country. Erected in the years leading up to World War I, it was designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style and subsumes an entire city block. Its ionic colonnades recall the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Step inside the lobby known as the Great Hall, and it feels as if you’re walking into a cathedral: marble columns, arched windows, and towering ceilings decorated with bas-relief figures. Upstairs are the offices, chambers, and courtrooms of the 26 judges who sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. These hallways are generally quiet, the…

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