Adam M. Costello : Soap Box

Smoother Replacement of U.S. Supreme Court Justices

First proposed 2020-Sep-24

Problem: The U.S. Supreme Court normally has nine justices (judges). When one leaves (for example, by retiring or dying), the vacancy is filled when the president nominates a replacement who is confirmed by the senate. This process has caused controversy and shenanigans when a justice leaves during the last year of a presidential term (during an election cycle), for example in 2016 and 2020. This process also leaves very consequential decisions greatly influenced by chance: Of the 25 presidential terms from 1921 to 2020, five filled no vacancies, and eight filled three or more vacancies (assuming the current vacancy gets filled in 2020, which appears likely). The average was 1.96 replacements per term.

Proposal: Redefine the target size of the court.


[AMC]  Prepared by Adam M. Costello
 Last modified: 2020-Oct-02-Fri 19:51:49 GMT
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