For more than 150 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has had nine members (eight associate justices and one chief justice).
But some members of Congress, who are unhappy with recent Court rulings have threatened to “restructure” the Court if it does not change course.
Such threats are a form of extortion.
In America, politicians and protestors don’t get to tell the courts how to rule.
Our Founders created an independent judiciary where judges who serve for life are beholden to nobody.
Packing the Court in order to influence the outcome of future cases undermines the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary.
It will ignite a judicial arms race where each party seeks to add justices whenever they are in power.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks politicians should leave the Court alone. She’s right.