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Problems of the Supreme Court: The Biggest Problem Is Itself

Recent polls reflect a rapidly declining rating of the Supreme Court. It is becoming more for political reasons and not for the people.

Perhaps The Problems of the Supreme Court is Itself

It has been a disastrous summer of decisions from the Supreme Court, and more are likely to come. The court is unbalanced with a majority too biased and favors special interest groups and political parties. It is becoming dangerous to our democracy. Faith in the court has dwindled to an all-time low. There seems to be a lack of honor among them.

Beginning of the Supreme Court

President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act in 1789 to create the Supreme Court. Its role was to interpret the Constitution, decide whether a law is relevant, and rule on how it should be applied. The first court consisted of Chief Justice John Jay, with four associate justices; James Wilson, William Cushing, John Blair, John Rutledge, and James Iredell. That number changed six times until it grew to nine in 1869, as it remains today. Their first meeting was in the Exchange Bldg, New York City, before moving to Independence Hall, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Until 1911, the justices had to spend some of their time "riding the circuit," traveling various parts of the country to hear federal cases. Congress could revive this and increase the number of mandatory cases it should listen to. Congress also has the power to increase the number of justices, set term limits, and create a code of ethics.

Members of the Supreme Court belives they do not need a code of ethics as 'they already follow a high ethical standard." But do they?

However, Fix The Court has identified more than fifty ethical lapses since 2014. These include fundraising events, failure to disclose gifts and income, commenting on pending legal issues, participating in cases where they or family members hold financial interests, and failing to recuse themselves where their impartially might be questioned. Yet, the court acts as if they do not owe the public an explanation.


Current Supreme Court

The U. S. Supreme Court is the ONLY developed democracy to give lifetime appointments. Every other democratic nation DOES NOT allow lifetime appointments. Instead, they set term limits and age requirements.

Eliminating lifetime appointments and increasing the number of justices would allow the court to take on more cases and implement a code of ethics.

The court is doing far too little and creating chaos. For example, they did only 73 cases last year, yet in 1980 they heard 160 cases. Furthermore, some of these cases were by SHADOW DOCKETS, a breach of standard procedure.

At a speaking engagement, Justice Amy Coney Barrett said, "for those of you who believe we are a partisan and playing favorites, just read our decisions." The problem with that is there is nothing to read from Shadow Dockets!

The Supreme Court only works nine months out of the year and has several perks and good salaries. Every justice is a millionaire, and book deals add to their wealth. Amy Coney Barrett recently received a $450,000 advance payment for a book deal; Clarence Thomas received over a million, and Neil Gorsuch received a sizeable advance

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Confirmation Hearings

Confirmation Hearings

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Who's To Blame?

Any number of people and several reasons for the declining trust of the Supreme Court come to mind. However, Mitch McConnell takes the cake. First, he voted to block the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, citing his "election rule." Then he shamelessly went on to rush the nomination and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett two months before the 2020 election despite his "election rule."

Congress itself is more and more dysfunctional and slow to act.


Sources Used

https://fixthecourt.com

https://theweek.com/supreme-court

https://thebill.com/judicary

https://www/locgov/item/200467




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