Should More Justices be Added to the Supreme Court?

Headline Roundup June 28th, 2022

When the Supreme Court issues major decisions such as overturning Roe v. Wade, the idea of "court packing" is bound to come up.

Originally, the Supreme Court had six seats, a number that changed several times before settling at nine in 1869. After Roe was overturned, progressives such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for more justices to be added to the court. Warren told ABC News that she believes "we need to get some confidence back in our court and that means we need more justices." Conversely, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Saturday that court packing "is something that the president does not agree with."

Some left-rated voices called for the court to add more justices; right-rated voices often criticized that plan. One writer for The Guardian accused conservatives of manipulating the court "to thwart the will of the people with the help of hundreds of millions in rightwing dark money," and that court expansion "must be considered a central piece of any plan to protect American traditions of majority rule." One writer for The Daily Signal said conservatives "worked within the system to create serious and lasting change" on the court, and accused liberals of seeking to destroy "any institution they don’t immediately control."

From the Center

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday has prompted calls to reform the nation's highest court to ensure that its decisions are fair and balanced.

Some Democrats favor expanding the number of seats in the court to restore what many Americans say is a loss of legitimacy. Although the court currently has a conservative majority of 6-3, President Joe Biden has said that he doesn't support the expansion of the number of judges.

There's no legal requirement for the Supreme Court to be composed of nine justices and the size of...

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From the Right

From overturning Roe v. Wade to supporting the Second Amendment and maintaining religious liberty, the Supreme Court’s recent decisions have put the left in a sour mood.

The left certainly hasn’t taken the news well.

Despite the left’s obsession with the notion that the right is all about “undermining democracy,” the left has shown little trepidation in demanding we lay waste to republican institutions that stand in opposition to its agenda.

Pleas for “court packing” from Democrats have been building for a while. Undoubtedly, those calls will become louder now, despite caution from the Biden administration. The latter hasn’t stopped...

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From the Left

When the US supreme court this week radically expanded the second amendment and declared most any restrictions on guns to be presumptively unconstitutional, then overturned five decades of reproductive rights and created a likely desert for abortion access all the way from Idaho to Florida, America’s grim new reality became painfully clear.

An extreme conservative majority holds absolute control over the court. They will likely hold this power for multiple generations. They intend to use it to impose a far-right vision that most Americans oppose, twisting the rule of law into whatever...

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