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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I think it is a bad idea to have justices on the Supreme Court for life. They should serve 14-16 years at most.
    I would tend to agree. Two reasons. One, people live much longer today and two political parties have used, put younger people on the bench so that a president elected today can have an impact for the next 40 years.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    On the flip side, it would force SCOTUS turnover regardless of their actions, thus increasing political influence over appointments. In any case, it would require a constitutional amendment to limit their terms. Allowing justices to retire when their likely replacement shares their ideological veiws is not such a bad thing, as it may help to reduce political influence rather than to increase it.
    I don't think it is possible to avoid political influence, and the problem with the lifetime appointments is that the political influence can extend across 40 years or more. It is very rare that judges abandon the views of the political influences that put them their, although it has been done.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    I would tend to agree. Two reasons. One, people live much longer today and two political parties have used, put younger people on the bench so that a president elected today can have an impact for the next 40 years.
    Agreed. These people can stay in there far too long, way past their time.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by mildsteel View Post
    i think it is a bad idea to have justices on the supreme court for life. They should serve 14-16 years at most.
    why?????????????
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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Brain Starts to Deteriorate From Age 45: Study

    Researchers gave a number of cognitive tests to 5,198 men and 2,192 women ages 45 to 70 three times over the course of 10 years. The study participants were assessed on memory, reasoning, vocabulary and aural and visual comprehension.

    Declines were seen in all areas except for vocabulary, and as people got older there was a faster drop. Over the 10 years, men ages 45 to 49 saw a 3.6% decline in mental reasoning. Those 65 to 70 saw a 9.6% drop. In women the declines were 3.6% for those 45 to 49 and 7.4% for those 65 to 70
    Enough said.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    80 is the limit...and even then, every year they must pass a 'sound mind' test...no matter how young they are.

    Same should go for the POTUS and the VPOTUS, btw.


    Over 320 million people in America, there is no need for people in these extremely important positions hanging on until death when there are plenty of very well qualified people to replace them.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    why?????????????
    If you read the thread I have clearly said why. Again, the power of judicial review that was established with Marbury vs Madison gives the Supreme Court the power to render sterile legislation enacted by a democratically elected Congress. That is far too much power to give to people with lifetime appointments.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    I think one of the greatest things about the Supreme Court is that they aren't subject to political influence because of their lifetime appointment. If Justice Roberts votes to keep Obamacare there are no consequences, he doesn't have to worry about what he will do once he leaves the Court.

    I also think that limiting the term of the Supremes would lead to flip-flopping as the balance of power shifted continually. With the current system, Justices tend to retire once the party they favor is in office, so that their replacement tends to have similar political views. If you force them to retire after say 12 or 16 years then some Justices nominated by Republicans would end up replaced by Democrats, or vice-versa. For example, if Hillary Clinton wins two terms as President that would mean the entire court would be nominated by Democrats. Then if the Republicans win a few terms the Court would shift, and likely overturn many of the previous rulings.

    So this is a very bad idea.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    I like have a technocratic elite that is insulated (as much as possible) from the machinations of politics. If anything I think the Supreme Court and the judiciary has become to accessible and too willing to discuss their views. I'd like to restrict the ability of judges to give speeches, hold talks, and other events to the public while in office though I'm not sure if there is a way to do that and have it pass Constitutional muster.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I think it is a bad idea to have justices on the Supreme Court for life. They should serve 14-16 years at most.
    The entire S.C. being changed out every two term president or every other two term president? No thank you.
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