Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Have Term Limits for the Supreme Court

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Have Term Limits for the Supreme Court

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Once again, we are faced with the contentious issue of an appointment of a new Supreme Court justice. Each new appointee changes the court based on holding sharply conservative (or liberal when a Democrat is president) views, as now typical for those nominated by presidents wanting to "leave a legacy." No longer are "centrists" considered.

To reduce the impact of these major political battles, I've long thought that Supreme Court justices should serve 10-year nonrenewable terms, with one starting each fall term. Nearly annual presidential appointments would become "standard" and predictable, lessening the uproar and obstruction that occurs now, because a confirmed appointee may be there for 25-30 years. Ten-year term limits would lead to appointment of new justices in synch with current legal views of the Constitution's meaning and rights, and the president making those annual appointments would reflect the current will of American voters. …

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