There’s been a lot of discussion lately about court packing. And, have you ever noticed that when the Republicans are doing something nefarious they blame the Democrats for doing it? For example, Mitch McConnell blocked over 100 federal judge appointments made by President Barack Obama and not including Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination. But I digress.
Instead of talking about court packing, why aren’t we talking about court “unpacking?” Here’s a solution: We now have nine Supreme Court justices; we need to pass legislation removing the last four (Kagan, Gorsuch, Kavenaugh and Barrett) who have the least seniority. Now we’d have five, which is a workable number. I’d like to figure out some way of removing Thomas, but I’m afraid some would say that is partisan.
While we’re at it, how about we make their term 20 years or 70 years of age, whichever comes first?
I’m still working on how to rid ourselves of the 300 federal judges that this administration has confirmed, most of them young, conservative and with borderline judicial qualifications.
Sharon Roben Findling