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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    If their term is not for life, they must be totally secure in their pension income and be barred from later employment.
    Why? Why shouldn't they be free to do something non-law related later on?
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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Why? Why shouldn't they be free to do something non-law related later on?
    Because that opens the door to corruption. Scratch my back here and you will get rich as consultant later. The court makes decisions worth huge amounts of money.

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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.
    For a sense of comparison, Canada's Supreme Court Justices must retire upon reaching 75, if not sooner of their own choice.
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    Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Im against the call for increased democratization at all levels of government. We benefit from a system which has many parts that operate differently, counterbalancing the excesses found in any. A Supreme Court justice needs to be given as much time as they need to serve. Term limits are a bad idea.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Because that opens the door to corruption. Scratch my back here and you will get rich as consultant later. The court makes decisions worth huge amounts of money.
    We already have a corrupt court, the whole system of electing justices is corrupt. If it wasn't, then it wouldn't be done along party lines, pushing people with a particular agenda. I'm much less worried about what might happen after they get off the court than I am about what puts them on the court in the first place.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    We already have a corrupt court, the whole system of electing justices is corrupt. If it wasn't, then it wouldn't be done along party lines, pushing people with a particular agenda. I'm much less worried about what might happen after they get off the court than I am about what puts them on the court in the first place.
    I do not agree that the political alignment with parties means or even implies corruption. It would have negative impact should too many be installed by one party.


    But you should be extremely worried about their being bought by forward agreement.

    That is what appears to have happened with the German Chancellor who was very helpful tuto Putin in his support of Saddam and in increasing Germany's dependence on Russian energy. He now works for putin's people.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    For a sense of comparison, Canada's Supreme Court Justices must retire upon reaching 75, if not sooner of their own choice.
    Make it 85.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    I do not agree that the political alignment with parties means or even implies corruption. It would have negative impact should too many be installed by one party.


    But you should be extremely worried about their being bought by forward agreement.

    That is what appears to have happened with the German Chancellor who was very helpful tuto Putin in his support of Saddam and in increasing Germany's dependence on Russian energy. He now works for putin's people.
    Which is why having the parties involved at all is problematic. The whole job of the Supremes is to interpret the Constitution, not to force their own beliefs and the beliefs of their political masters onto the Constitution. They ought to be wholly independent of the rest of the government.

    And let's be honest, there's no reason they can't be bought now. A company can promise a high-paying job to their families in exchange for favorable rulings. It doesn't have to be just the Supremes that are offered freebies.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Which is why having the parties involved at all is problematic. The whole job of the Supremes is to interpret the Constitution, not to force their own beliefs and the beliefs of their political masters onto the Constitution. They ought to be wholly independent of the rest of the government.

    And let's be honest, there's no reason they can't be bought now. A company can promise a high-paying job to their families in exchange for favorable rulings. It doesn't have to be just the Supremes that are offered freebies.
    True, the children of judges will work and might have careers that might be helped along. It does not convince me.
    I also do not understand why you want to look for the judges in apolitical circles. you arguments here do not make me believe that we need to change the situation nor that it would improve anything.
    I think I would leave it as it is.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court Justices Serve For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Make it 85.
    Most Supreme Court Justices here are appointed in their early 50s so, for me, 20 years on the court is sufficient considering they've also had decades on lower court benches prior to appointment. There's an unlimited supply of others who can fill vacancies - there are only 9 positions - and fresh thinking is always a benefit. I don't want politicians in office for 20 years up, why would Supreme Court Justices be any different, particularly since some seem to think it's their role to legislate from the court.
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