13 Supreme Court Justices?

13 Supreme Court Justices? 1

 

President Joe Biden’s commission to study the Supreme Court has some people thinking there could be fast action on expanding the court. In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains the many obstacles in the way for the court to be expanded anytime soon, if at all.

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57 Comments on "13 Supreme Court Justices?"

  1. Do you think more justices should be added to the Supreme Court? – Chris

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  3. Benjamin Whitney | April 20, 2021 at 10:51 AM | Reply

    “sound and fury/signifying nothing” is from macbeth . . . predating the Faulkner novel.

  4. Amarendra Borah | April 20, 2021 at 11:03 AM | Reply

    “Injustice anywhere is Injustice everywhere !”
    That’s what Reverand Martin Luther King Jr had to say !

  5. Stéphane Bessette | April 20, 2021 at 11:18 AM | Reply

    I hope that a better argument is found than “we want more of us than of them”. If there’s a reform to undertake it should be on something other than just the number. For example having 99 (yeah, I just said NO to increasing the number!) justices in 11 parallel supreme courts of 9 justices each would have the benefit of handling many more cases. Or have only 8 courts (that’s 72 out of 99 justices) but randomly assign them to new cases. Another popular idea is having term limits.

    • Heather Shaw | April 20, 2021 at 1:14 PM | Reply

      Under the circumstances, I’m fine with that argument. Several of theirs currently on the bench are bat 💩 crazy. I’m all for bringing more balance to it. I don’t care how we have to do it. Especially, as these are lifetime appointments. So we’re looking at potentially decades of the bat 💩 crazy otherwise.

  6. Glynis Joseph | April 20, 2021 at 11:28 AM | Reply

    I agree with term limits TOO👍👏😃, 15 yrs & that’s it! Even 10!😡

    • @Tyler West there has never been an impeachment of a Supreme Justice. Don’t hold your breath. Kiss every democratic piece of legislation good bye. Even if they nuke the filibuster anything that is passed into law is meaningless when the Supreme rules it unconstitutional or illegal.

      Be prepared for the following: Filibuster will eventually be taken back to it’s old method of someone talking. Voting rights will be passed in the Senate. It will be brought before the Supreme Court and they will find it unconstitutional to change voting laws at a federal level even ignoring the 60’s. Next on the chopping block will be roe v wade.

      We will see conservative points being pushed and the Senate and President will be powerless. Because they will never bring a Supreme Court justice for impeachment. What would they even impeach them for? Voting their political views? They can literally do whatever they want and they know it.

      Let’s go one more step. People are gonna be pissed, but democrats will be powerless to do anything. So people will probably end up pissed at democrats for not stopping anything. So they won’t vote democratic next couple of elections.

      Good bye voting rights and women’s rights.

    • @Inarus Lynx Samuel Chase was impeached but later aquitted by the Senate in 1805. So far the only one.

    • Gerard Finnigan | April 20, 2021 at 3:10 PM | Reply

      @Tyler West too much 70 year old mainly men ,out off touch with the young . plus it depends what experience your talking about . donald trumps for example needi say any more . fresh blood more ideas too take us forward not stagnated by greed and corruption .

    • Andrew Howard | April 20, 2021 at 3:54 PM | Reply

      Well yeah but just server for life show they don’t thing how there ruling will do to there future career the Supreme Court is the end.I agree thes justices are not going to be fair especially considering the people how got them there but add more judges will make the court just as political as well politics image if the ref in sport gave his favorite team Pisa ruling and the other call cost an foul

    • Andrew Howard | April 20, 2021 at 4:23 PM | Reply

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  7. Robert Arthurs | April 20, 2021 at 11:29 AM | Reply

    Having total control saves the trouble of having to cheat

  8. Kris Frederick | April 20, 2021 at 11:35 AM | Reply

    Lucky number 13 what could go wrong?

  9. MEND New Zealand | April 20, 2021 at 11:49 AM | Reply

    So the idea of SCOTUS is you let godly people stay there until they drop dead of fatigue, heart or body decay, or sexual predatory is reinvestigated etc?

    • Damen Rabbitt | April 20, 2021 at 4:59 PM | Reply

      @Christine Benson Yes she was but, she was definitely not physically able anymore. She was suffering for a good year b4 her death. That should have been a sign for Roberts to ask her to step down.

    • @Damen Rabbitt She would not have agreed. After the double talking by McConnell that the court being 8 for almost a full year, her goal was to make it to the next election. She knew what would happen if she didn’t make it. As evidenced by her request not to fill her position till after the election.

    • Damen Rabbitt | April 20, 2021 at 7:14 PM | Reply

      @T4DDG So does that justify adding 4 more Justices to the Supreme Court?

    • Damen Rabbitt | April 20, 2021 at 7:15 PM | Reply

      @T4DDG If that happens, what’s the purpose for a Supreme Court then?

    • @Damen Rabbitt Re-read my reply – it was about the fact RBG would not have voluntarily stepped down – she was trying to make it the next administration if there was a change..
      There is no mention of adding more justices, and I specifically replied to someone who didn’t mention adding to the court.

      The purpose of SCOTUS is to be THE Impartial court of the land. Due to the hypocrisy of McConnell when Scalia passed, leaving the court an 8 body court for almost a year, showing that the number can be fluid??? And then pushing Barrett through 7 DAYS before the election…. I don’t know anyone who honestly believes the SCOTUS is an impartial apolitical constitution driven body.

      There needs to be term limits for all Governmental positions, even ‘elected ones’. If Congress can limit a president to 2 terms to control his power, then they can be limited to 2 terms. SCOTUS should not be lifetime either. THAT is my opinion.

  10. Natural Relaxation and Rain | April 20, 2021 at 11:50 AM | Reply

    Perfect 👌

  11. Norma Williams | April 20, 2021 at 2:19 PM | Reply

    Good news for the court 😜 🙂😜 and.Mitch ha ha be happy 😁😊😁

  12. The Globalist Channel | April 20, 2021 at 2:29 PM | Reply

    I’VE BEEN TELLING YOU FOR THE LAST MONTH that they’ve been planning on doing this. Who’s wearing the tinfoil hat now? Next they’re coming for your guns.

    • Christine Benson | April 20, 2021 at 4:57 PM | Reply

      @Andrew Howard Report the troll for hate speech, since there’s no “Pandemic Lie” button.

    • The Globalist Channel | April 20, 2021 at 4:57 PM | Reply

      You cant even paste it reverse anymore. This one’s on you.

    • William Springer | April 20, 2021 at 6:12 PM | Reply

      @Christine Benson You have been reported for hate speech.

    • bandrukesucks | April 20, 2021 at 7:48 PM | Reply

      @The Globalist Channel I read an article summarizing 60 minutes on DARPA. it isn’t about COVID, thats FUD. it is a project that concluded initial testing on the 6th of april about remote processing for prosthetics and augments. You are making this into some hysterical fear of the Pentagon.

    • The Globalist Channel | April 20, 2021 at 7:56 PM | Reply

      @bandrukesucks They do have it. Things dont go public until they’re at least 5-10 years ahead. I understand if you dont know, things are hard to learn in my world.

  13. jana alexander | April 20, 2021 at 3:01 PM | Reply

    I love this! Thanks for the funny graphics and happy music and sound effects! A much needed relief after the trauma news of the last evil 4 years

  14. The words “sound and fury, signifying nothing” are from Shakespeare (Macbeth) later adopted by Faulkner.

  15. The words “sound and fury, signifying nothing” are from Shakespeare (Macbeth) later adopted by Faulkner. Yes I think the SC should be expanded to 13.

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  17. Sidebar: Biden – from his presidency record so far – is _not_ the guy to just form a commission to kick the can down the road.

  18. Vasily Blokhin | April 20, 2021 at 4:15 PM | Reply

    The choosed ones always have something to say, even when it’s total smack.

  19. Andrew Richardson | April 20, 2021 at 5:26 PM | Reply

    RBG: my dying wish is that a nee justice wouldn’t be appointed until the next president is elected.

    Democrats: we should respect her views.

    RBG: we shouldn’t pack the court.

    Democrats: I’m gonna pretend like I didn’t hear that.

    • Blaise MacPherson | April 20, 2021 at 8:25 PM | Reply

      So? One side plays to win and the other still believes in principles. We need to stop caring what it looks like already. Nobody cared what it looked like when bush and trump became president after losing the election. Nobody cared what it looked like when mcconnel sat on merrick garland but hustled rbgs appointment. Nobody cared about how it looked when they close poling places and shut down the postel service and, oh yeah, stormed the capital. Why do we keep behaving like optics are even a thing anymore? We must be a special kind of stupid.

  20. Pure power, no reason for this. Even RBG and Breyer said this is bad. Even Joe said this is a bone-head idea.

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