Commentary: Congress must clarify federal courts' responsibility to hear diversity cases

, The National Law Journal


Two crises are facing the American legal system. The most urgent are budget cuts to state courts that have impaired their ability to provide timely justice for their citizens. For some, the most important crisis is the erosion of credibility of state judges whose appearance of impartiality is undermined by attack advertising in partisan state judicial elections. Both crises are being exacerbated by the failure of federal courts to take jurisdiction of diversity cases assigned to them by the Constitution.

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