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Democrats concerned about future of Supreme Court pressure Justice Stephen Breyer to retire – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-06-18 09:48:30 –

Democrats, who have been hit twice on the Supreme Court bench in recent years, are trying to make sure they are not suffering from a third loss of seats.

Judge Stephen Breyer, one of the three judges in court appointed by the Democratic President, will turn 83 later this summer. He is a judge of the Supreme Court over 10 years ago.

As the Supreme Court reaches the end of its term, progressive groups and at least one Democrat in Parliament are urging long-time judges to retire.

“Justice Breyer, who I admire very much, should retire at the end of this term,” D-New York Rep. Mondea Jones told Cheddar News in April. “My goodness, aren’t we learning our lessons?”

In recent years, two judges have died in service and it is up to Congress to pass the candidate.

Citing the next presidential election in 2016, then Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell prevented President Obama from putting candidates on the finish line after the death of Judge Antonin Scalia. However, McConnell immediately confirmed the election of President Donald Trump just weeks before the 2020 election day, after the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

These decisions shifted the court’s balance to a conservative majority of 6 to 3. Currently, McConnell says that if the Republicans regain the Senate in 2022 and court seats become available, President Joe Biden will also prevent his picks from being seated.

“I don’t think it’s very likely,” McConnell recently told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “In fact, no, I don’t think either party would see a Supreme Court candidate during the election if it were in control and different from the president.”

Elliott Slotnick is studying judicial politics at Ohio State University and says the Republicans have done a better job in recent years to win court seats.

“(Justice Anthony) Kennedy resigned when he was still healthy,” Slotnick said. “I think Kennedy’s example is someone’s latest example. They left the courtroom when they still had time to serve in front of them.”

Kennedy’s resignation in 2018 paved the way for his own clerk, 53-year-old Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to stand on the bench.

Democrats, on the other hand, have not succeeded in persuading liberal judges to resign.

Gimberg refused to retire during the Obama administration, despite age and health concerns. She died in 2020 and her seat was filled by conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Progressivists are also pushing for a bill to expand the Supreme Court as a way to offset the Republican-led confirmation they say they broke long-standing case law.

“When[Republican]controls the Senate, it clearly shows that Democrats will never allow the Supreme Court to fill vacant seats,” said Aaron Belkin, director of Takeback the Court. “And when one party ignores such norms, you just can’t have democracy.”

Court guards have been looking to hire a legal officer in the fall to decipher whether Breyer plans to retire. Those wishing for vacancies will be disappointed to find out that he has hired a complete roster for the next semester.

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