PUBLIC COMMENTS FILED
Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC) filed public comments over the weekend with the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States (“the Commission”) arguing that the Commission should reject any proposal to pack the Supreme Court by increasing the number of justices.
During the most recent presidential election, several Democratic candidates for president proposed packing the Supreme Court with additional justices. Then-candidate Biden refused to answer whether he supported packing these court packing proposals. Yet in April, President Biden issued an executive order creating the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States and tasking it with considering the merits and legality of various reform proposals including the size of the Supreme Court. The Commission must issue it’s final report by November 15th.
IWLC filed public comments with the Commission urging it to reject any and all proposals to pack the Court with additional justices.
IWLC argued that the Constitution creates the federal judiciary as an independent co-equal branch of government and specifically insulates Article III judges from direct political pressure by granting them lifetime tenure and salary protections. Court packing for political gain is a threat to this independent and nonpartisan judiciary.
Jennifer C. Braceras, director of Independent Women’s Law Center, issued the following statement: “Adding seats to the federal bench so that the party in power can fill them with judges who will rubber-stamp their legislative agenda is an improper attempt to meddle with a coequal branch of government. It undermines the independence of the judiciary, plain and simple.”
Erin Hawley, senior legal fellow at Independent Women’s Law Center, said: “Tampering with the structure of the Court to obtain political objectives threatens the checks and balances that are the cornerstones of our system of governance.”
Read the comment HERE.
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