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Lawrence Reed’s take on Supreme Court misses the mark

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  • Aug. 23, 2022 - 5:13 PM

Lawrence Reed’s take on Supreme Court misses the mark

The Newnan Times-Herald

I respectfully disagree with the author Lawrence Reed regarding the need to revisit the makeup of the Supreme Court of the U.S.

There are several ways “changing” the ways the structure of the Court could take place with or without the so-called “packing” he seems to have an aversion about. Let me briefly outline them.

Term limits the time the Justices can spend on the bench. This would almost certainly guarantee the quick removal of Thomas and Alito who have been there for decades. Chief Justice Roberts is right behind them in tenure. It would also redefine the length of time the much younger justices would get to serve on that bench.

Impeachments and/or removal of Justices for “bad behavior.” This has already been much talked about in the media and on social media regarding the apparent falsehoods told by Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Coney-Barnett during their confirmation hearings when they said that they respected precedent and would follow it for any abortion case. Then they did not.

Any number of additional seats could conceivably be added to the court. Two, four and even as high as 27 have been proposed (although that would seem to be rather outlandish). It is true that the number of seats on the bench has not changed since the early 1900s when the country had nine Appellate Circuit Courts. We now have 13.

It would seem logical to match the number to spread out the workload. It is known that the staffers are drowning in the sheer number of applications of writs certiorari to be considered by the Court. How do we know that a case that should be heard is not being overlooked by an overworked law clerk? Answer: we can’t, and we don’t.

He brings up the argument of a quid pro quo game of tit-for-tat starting if the number is expanded. Pardon me for saying so, Mr. Reed, but I believe that game was already begun by former Majority Leader McConnell when he blocked Merrick Garland from even being considered.

As soon as he could, he confirmed Justice Gorsuch. Then in rapid-fire order, we had Kavanaugh, and Coney-Barrett confirmed. If that’s not playing that game, I don’t know what it could be. Quite frankly, I just want the Court to go back to as close to the non-partisan playing field as possible. Right now, it is skewed to the hard right.

Democrats are done playing “nice” with the Republican party. Mr. Reed is arguing for them to sit back and “be good little boys and girls” and not make waves and rock the boat. He is not going to get his wish.

We are fighting mad now. The rights of an entire 50 percent of our population are in jeopardy, and we will not stand for it. We are going to the voters and we are speaking truth to power.

Women are a FORCE to be reckoned with.

Young people are a FORCE. Black people are a FORCE. Latinos are a FORCE. Our immigrants are a FORCE. Our LGBTQ are a FORCE. We are loud and proud, and we are tired of being used and abused. Come Nov. 8, we will show our power.

Ellen Wright