In response to increasing calls to reform the Supreme Court, President Biden has appointed a judicial commission to study the possibility of increasing the size of the Supreme Court and adopting term limits for justices. The judicial commission should avoid falling into the trap that the United States has little to learn from other countries. The experience of the Supreme Court of India, the largest common law court in the world with jurisdiction over one billion people, suggests that imposing term limits on justices of the Supreme Court of the United States could negatively impact judicial independence. A court with a revolving door of justices could also frequently flip flop on issues of major significance, including abortion. Legal scholars Steven Calabresi and James Lindren argue that imposing term limits of 18 years on justices and giving each president the ability to appoint two justices each term will depoliticize the current appointments process. Although … [Read more...] about Lessons from India on the issue of Supreme Court justice term limits
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Elizabeth Slattery is a senior legal fellow at Pacific Legal Foundation and co-host of Dissed , a podcast about the Supreme Court. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN) US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently offered some advice to the proponents of court packing: think long and hard about the consequences. The octogenarian justice, who finds himself the latest target of a pressure campaign to retire, warned while speaking at Harvard Law School that "[s]tructural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust." Elizabeth Slattery Breyer is right. Any silver-bullet solution that purports to fix the perception of a politicized court will likely miss the mark and worsen the problem. Nevertheless, President Joe Biden has tasked a commission to examine a variety of court reforms, including appointment procedures, judicial … [Read more...] about What packing the Supreme Court would really do
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A jury of 12 Minnesotans Tuesday found ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Officials in Minnesota are reacting to the verdict, calling it an important step towards justice, but also acknowledging the road that is still ahead. “Today’s verdict is an important step forward for justice in Minnesota. The trial is over, but our work has only begun,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “No verdict can bring George back, and my heart is with his family as they continue to grieve his loss. Minnesota mourns with you, and we promise the pursuit of justice for George does not end today.” pic.twitter.com/qBtbXPnuNj — Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) April 20, 2021 Walz addressed the public on Tuesday evening. Minnesota, he said, is often lifted up as a model of well-being, but the disparities in education, health care, and home ownership make it clear … [Read more...] about ‘The First Step Towards Justice’: Officials In Minnesota React To Guilty Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial
Photo: Alex Kent Minneapolis was still erecting barricades outside the courthouse where Derek Chauvin was being tried when the news came: There was a verdict. After deliberating for just ten hours after absorbing three weeks of grueling details about George Floyd’s death , the jury told the judge it was done — the jurors had not even asked him a question. Their speed seemed to surprise everyone, such as the hundreds of demonstrators who had already gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center , where the trial was conducted. The crowd was waiting on edge, making speeches and issuing chants. Then someone said the judge was about to read the verdict and the crowd went completely quiet. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP One woman held her phone out, cupping its tiny speaker in her hand, with people gathering around to hear a livestream of the court. At 4:06 p.m., the judge began: “Members of the jury, I will now read the verdicts as they will … [Read more...] about The Moment Minneapolis Heard Justice
Photo: Mark Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The three-week criminal trial of Derek Chauvin ended on Tuesday with three guilty verdicts, forestalling mass protests of the sort Minnesota officials had spent weeks anticipating and deploying armed agents to suppress. More than a legal referendum on Chauvin’s conduct, the trial was a bilateral effort to defend the virtues of policing. The dishonesty this required from both prosecutors and the defense — and the workaday violence it obscured — should leave no doubt that justice for people like George Floyd has nothing to do with the rare officer an unjust institution chooses to rebuke. The crux of the prosecution focused on whether Chauvin’s behavior was deviant enough to warrant consequences. Close to a dozen former and current police officials — mostly from Minneapolis, but elsewhere too — testified against the former officer, who last spring was video-recorded kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes until the … [Read more...] about This Is Not Justice. It’s Self-Preservation.