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Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:03 PM

The Supreme Court with Nine Justices is Backwards compared to other nations

India's Supreme Court has 30 judges, EU's Supreme Court has 27, Brazil has 11, Japan has 15. It's actually quite backwards that a federation of fifty states has a supreme court so small.

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Response to DSandra (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:07 PM

1. You are right. Our population has grown tremendously and our court cannot handle many cases.

Same problem with Congress.

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Response to delisen (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:16 PM

3. That sounds like a really good argument for expansion when we do it

It should also be done quickly, with little debate and quick appointments. Much the same as the good strategy with every power grab.

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Response to DSandra (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:12 PM

2. Exactly and justices are being appointed younger and living longer.

In the early US history most justices served less than a decade although there were some exceptions. That meant each President appointed multiple justices each term. Some two term Presidents appointed as many as 5 or 6 justices because they didn't live that long. In the modern era it is closer to an average of 20 years and that is slowly creeping up towards 30 with each new justice.

Handmaid lady could serve for 4 decades. If that becomes the standard the rate justices are replaced drops even further. It means each justice replacement becomes hypercritical. Except more bullshit and sleaze. More doing the anything allowed by the legal limits of power to the expense of the nation.

Even if Moscow Mitch hadn't betrayed his country the Supreme Court should be expanded. This just makes it more of a direct imperative.

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Response to DSandra (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:25 PM

4. We simply cannot live under an oppressive regime that a 6-3 court will bring

The pukes will challenge every decent law we pass, and probably win. What good is that? We have no choice but increase the number of justices, and the federal appellate court as well.

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:05 PM

8. +1000 Expand the entire Federal Bench, all the way up and down the hierarchy.

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Response to DSandra (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:33 PM

5. How many bricks, would Mitch shit if...

Biden gets sworn into office, then Thomas, Alito, and Cavanaugh, all get covid and pass away? Would he look like this?

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Response to DSandra (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:38 PM

6. They should kill the filibuster and goto 15

And republicans will cry of course but it shouldn't even cause the political fallout that it might ordinarily. The hypocrisy that they are displaying just 4 years after letting Garland dangle for almost a year is basically a statement of "might makes right". We will vote on a nomination no matter how close to the election BECAUSE WE CAN. OK lets see how that philosophy works out if you lose both houses and the executive...

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:08 PM

9. Go even Higher, 19+ with 3-5 on any one case, at random.

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Response to DSandra (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:03 PM

7. I'm starting to like the National Court of Appeals proposal......

...with a twist:

Eliminate the Supreme Court's appellate jurisdiction. (this can be done by an act of Congress.)
Establish a National Court of Appeals (and stack it with maybe 25 good young liberal judges), and give it all the appeals that SCOTUS used to get.

Solves all of our court problems, and Clarence PubicHair gets more nap-time to boot!

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Response to DSandra (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:30 PM

10. I agree that 9 is not enough

I like 21. With 21 you can keep a few nut cases from having too much influence.

And I also think some states should have more than two Senators. They should all be elected state-wide but some states should have more of a voice than others. But that's a constitutional amendment and will not be happening any time soon.

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