Liberal Supreme Court Justice Speaks Out against Court-Packing

POLITICS & POLICY

With the Senate divided 50–50 and the filibuster intact (for now), the issue of expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court has been put on the back burner, but Justice Stephen Breyer is nevertheless warning his fellow progressives that they should give up on the idea. 

The Wall Street Journal reports

Justice Stephen Breyer said proposals to restructure the Supreme Court could damage its reputation as an apolitical body, dealing a blow to liberals pressing to increase the number of justices to counter Republican successes in seating three members nominated by former President Donald Trump.

Justice Breyer, speaking at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, said he hoped “to make those whose initial instincts may favor important structural (or other similar institutional) changes, such as forms of ‘court-packing,’ think long and hard before embodying those changes in law,” according to prepared remarks publicly released Wednesday.

With Democrats in control of the Senate and White House for the first time since 2014, progressives are hoping that Breyer, who turns 83 later this year, will retire soon.

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1 Comment

  1. When Liberals begin attacking each other, I smile.

    No matter his reasons for coming out and speaking against his party, it’s still a small victory for the rest of us. Because he’s not an isolated incident. More and more even the Liberals are realizing the LEFT is too dangerous to leave intact.

    I’ll take any ally I can get, even if I plan to see to it they never wield political office again once this is all over. Because these people are the ones who didn’t ACT to prevent this in the first place!

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