Friday, May 29, 2015

Initiative Aims to End U.S. Supreme Court Justices’ Life Tenure

Come to Terms, a new initiative launched Wednesday by the watchdog organization Fix the Court, aims to replace the system of lifetime tenure for justices of the U.S. Supreme Court with a single, fixed term of 18 years. “The current system of lifetime appointments and sporadic retirements is broken and a far cry from its original intent,” said Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, in a press release. “Lifetime appointments were supposed to shield Supreme Court justices from the influence of partisan politics. Instead, under Chief Justice John Roberts, we have a court with the most 5-4 decisions in our nation’s history.” The initiative claims the proposal is supported by “two-thirds of American primary voters across party lines, as well as by a broad coalition of constitutional scholars and legal experts.” Come to Terms is gathering signatures for a petition calling on the next justice appointed to the court to pledge not to serve longer than 18 years.

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