But wouldn't it be the biggest "conflict of interest" ever?
And we've expanded the supreme court before, it just hasn't been done in a long time.
They can't "shrink" it by firing Justices, but expansion is up to Congress, by statute.
Of course, Repubs will try to block it in the courts, I guess.
need a lawsuit from a party with standing to make it to SCOTUS before Biden nominates and the Senate confirms and they swear in enough justices to make a difference (yes, such a case would be fast-tracked, but it still wouldn't happen overnight, and the Barret nomination provides precedent for rushing noms through). There is no un-ringing of the bell, so to speak once they're sworn in.
The Supreme Court cant govern itself.
the Legislature decides who and how many constitute the court.
As far as I know.
Just seat however many we like. What are they going to do about it? Pray to Jesus for an intervention?
President Biden: "Sorry, but we don't accept your authority in this matter. Meet your new associates. Deal with it."
It been done many times. Originalist should love it!
The constitution spells it out. Congress and the president decides the number on the court.
Big fan of 13 here.
The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
The Judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;---to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;---to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;---to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;---to Controversies between two or more States;---between a State and Citizens of another State;---between Citizens of different States,---between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be a Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.